We must carry out a number of checks on potential foster carers. This includes whether anyone in your household has any criminal convictions or cautions. When carrying out checks, we are made aware of all past criminal records – these include offences as a juvenile. Please note that not all criminal convictions will prevent you from becoming a foster carer, however, there are certain offences that will, for example, offences against children. We check police records as standard early on in the application process, but we advise you to discuss any convictions you may have with us as soon as possible so that we can decide whether this might affect your application. This information would remain strictly confidential.