Practice notes

PN 60. Undertaking overseas checks in fostering and adoption assessments


Applicants to foster or adopt will sometimes have lived or spent significant periods of their life overseas, and may have been born abroad and lived the majority of their lives outside the UK. For fostering services and adoption agencies, this can mean that Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are of limited value, and raise the question of undertaking overseas checks. This Practice Note provides information and guidance.

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