When applying to adopt it is important that you are open and honest with us at all stages. This is especially important when it comes to criminal offences. Any previous, personal convictions need to be discussed in detail and at a very early stage in the process.
No offense is considered spent and an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is carried out on all applicants, alongside other checks.
There are certain offences prescribed by law that prohibit applications being accepted; for example, convictions of violent crimes or crimes against children. Less serious, isolated events will not necessarily prevent your application being considered but you need to be open about these from the start. If this applies to you, we ask that you share this with us, and we can talk you through how we approach managing such matters.
We also take into consideration any other involvement with social services or the police and this applies to members of your extended family and friends. If you have any concerns or questions surrounding this topic, please mention this when you get in contact so we can advise you accordingly.