My wife and I are approved as foster carers but haven't got a first placement yet. She has just been on one of the mandatory trainings, which covered safeguarding and allegations and has come back seriously concerned. Apparently about 1 in 6 foster carers will have a false allegation made against them at some point that is then dropped after investigation. She understands that were this to happen to us, while we were being investigated I would be barred from teaching until cleared. I know a few teachers who do foster, or have done, one of whom has just been cleared of an allegation made this summer. He is under the impression that if the allegation had been investigated by the police (it wasn't) that even though he and his wife were cleared it would have gone on his permanent DBS. He didn't seem to know what would have happened if it had occurred in term time. I am about to embark on my NQT year and am now quite worried that fostering and receiving a false allegation would be much more risky than I had thought. Does anyone have any experience of this?