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  • Can I Foster a Child If I Have A Criminal Conviction?

Can I foster if I have a criminal record?

A criminal conviction doesn’t automatically rule you out of fostering, but you must declare all the details to us. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out on you and anyone else in the household aged 17 or over.


Each application will be considered individually but we’ll not progress your application where there are convictions for offences against children or other serious offences.



What our Foster Parents say

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"We've been with By the Bridge for 5 years. They really listen to foster parents and treat us like professionals. They are friendly, supportive...many of its staff have experience in fostering one way or another, and so really understand the parents' needs"

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