International Child Protection Certificate
Many international schools and child-focussed charities operating around the world employ UK nationals as teachers, workers and volunteers. For the first time, a police criminal records check is now available for UK nationals who are working or seeking employment overseas to work with children.
In a joint initiative, CEOP and ACRO have developed the International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) as a means to better protect children from convicted UK child sex offenders who are seeking employment that will bring them into close contact with children.
The ICPC is a criminal records check against police and intelligence databases in the UK that would reveal any convictions or reasons as to why someone should not work with children. It is similar to the CRB check that is required for anyone working professionally with children in England and Wales.
The ICPC provides reassurance to those in positions of responsibility in overseas schools and other child focussed organisations that those whom they employ do not have a criminal record in the UK which would otherwise make them unsuitable to work with children.
The ICPC can be requested for existing employees or during recruitment.
The certificate contains a person’s complete conviction history, as recorded on police central records, including ‘spent’ and ’unspent’ convictions. Additionally, the certificate contains criminal conviction information about offences committed in other foreign countries where such information has been disclosed to the UK through existing exchange mechanisms.
The ICPC will help organisations to make informed decisions on a persons’ suitability for employment or continued employment in positions that provide regular access to children.
To register your organisation with the ICPC initiative or if you are an applicant wishing to obtain an ICPC, please click on this link below