What if I have a criminal record?

Posted on: 3 April 2017

If the criminal record involves offences against children then you will not be able to adopt. As part of the official checks, we will conduct an enhanced police check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS fee will be paid by us.

We fully understand that people may have minor offences on record, and particularly there may have been youthful misdemeanours in the past – we will always look sympathetically at any record in terms of what it was, when it occurred, how regularly and how long ago. The important thing is that you let us know up front if there is likely to be something on your DBS, and also that you tell your partner (if adopting as a couple), as if something serious comes up, it might prevent you from being accepted, and we wont be able to tell your partner why.