What check to people working in the foster system need?

People working in a regulated activity with children in a children’s home before placement with a fostering family will require an Enhanced DBS check with the child barring list check.

If you work for an adopting service, a foster agency or a similar organisation or local authority and have access to sensitive or personal information about children, but do not directly work with children or do not work in a Regulated activity, you are eligible for a Standard DBS check.

If you are a Foster Panel Member, you will need a Standard DBS check if you have access to personal or sensitive information about children. If, as part of your duties, you will be alone with a child or giving a child advice or guidance on their well-being, you will require an Enhanced DBS check with the child barring list. This is because giving a child advice or guidance is a Regulated activity.