Once you receive a provisional offer of an assistantship from us, we will require you to apply for an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC), which is a form of criminal record check. Do not apply for the ICPC until we instruct you to.
To apply for an ICPC you must have been a registered resident in the United Kingdom (excluding UK overseas countries and territories).
In line with our Child Protection Policy and our approach to safeguarding children, we cannot accept your application if you currently have any outstanding prosecutions or criminal proceedings for the offences outlined below or have ever been convicted of or received a caution, reprimand or warning for:
- a sexual or violence-related offence
- or any offence involving any type of harm (physical, emotional or sexual abuse) to a child or children.
We reserve the right to reject your application for any other offences. These will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, considering the following:
- time since the offence(s) occurred
- age at which the offence(s) was/were committed
- pattern of behaviour e.g. repeated offences
- disclosure or non-disclosure of the offence(s)
- explanation of the circumstances of the offence(s)
- classification and step down period of the offence according to the ACRO step-down model
- satisfactory university/employer/character references
- motivation for the programme
- employment history.
If you commit a criminal offence or are the subject of any criminal proceedings after you submit your application, you must inform the British Council in writing as soon as possible. Failure to do so may lead to your application being withdrawn.