The International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) is a criminal records check for anyone who lives, or has lived, in the UK and who is looking to work with children overseas. It confirms whether or not the applicant has a criminal history and provides details, including relevant conviction and non-conviction data.

The ICPC is already used by hundreds of schools and organisations around the world to make informed decisions on a person's suitability for employment or continued employment in positions that provide regular access to children.

In May 2019, COBIS and ACRO Criminal Records Office announced a collaboration to enhance international child protection. Together, ACRO and COBIS are working to promote the International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) as a rigorous safeguarding tool to reduce risk in British international schools worldwide.

COBIS was a member of the project board that supported the launch of the ICPC by The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in 2012, and is now pleased to act as ICPC Global Ambassador. COBIS is working alongside ACRO to make the ICPC scheme a fundamental aspect of the recruitment process for individuals wanting to work with children overseas.

The International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC):

  • A criminal records check for anyone who lives, or who has lived, in the UK and who is looking to work with children overseas
  • ICPCs confirm whether or not the applicant has a criminal history and provide details, including relevant conviction and non-conviction data
  • The certificate is produced in two parts:
    • Part 1 - disclosure of any convictions, impending prosecutions, cautions, reprimands, warnings and current investigations held on UK databases
    • Part 2 - Disclosure of any information deemed relevant in the interest of child protection

How to apply:

For more information, or to apply for an ICPC, please visit www.acro.police.uk/icpc