DBS Checks for schools
Schools need to be aware of the various checks they require for their teaching and support staff. At Care Check, we can provide you with the information you may require. If you have any questions, please call us today.
DBS checks in education are an essential safeguarding tool to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people. If a person is to work in a nursery, school or college, they will require an Enhanced DBS and a child barred list check regardless of their role.
Enhanced DBS Checks For Schools
Regardless of the position a person holds within a school, a DBS certificate is required before they begin their role. Enhanced DBS checks highlight the history of an applicant, including:
- Whether they are on the barred list for children and adults
- Local Police information regarding the applicant
Who needs a DBS check in schools?
It is recommended that schools have Enhanced DBS checks for all staff, including teaching and non-teaching staff, paid and voluntary roles. Because they will be operating in an environment with a vulnerable group, everyone working in the school setting will require a criminal record check regardless of their role.
Ensuring children and young people are safe is the most critical factor for any school, therefore they must adhere to a strict recruitment procedure to prevent any applicant who is not suitable to work with children from accessing the property.
DBS Checks For Teachers
Teachers working in education must have an Enhanced DBS check and a barred list check to ensure they are allowed to work with children. Similarly, teaching assistants require an Enhanced DBS check, despite not having the same responsibilities as a teacher. This is because they will still be supporting children.
DBS Checks For Supply Teachers
Supply teachers also need to go through the Enhanced DBS and child barred list check process even though they are not permanent staff members. As they will still be teaching and having contact with children, they are subject to the same rules as permanent staff.
DBS Check For Volunteers And Contractors
Whether they are paid or not, volunteers and contractors also require an Enhanced DBS check if they are in regular contact with children in any way.
Why Choose Care Check For Your DBS Check?
The quickest and best way to ensure all your staff are up-to-date with their DBS disclosures is to enlist the support of Care Check. As a leading umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service, we promise swift processing, thanks to our paperless system. In many cases, we can complete applications and return them on the same day.
Store and manage your volunteer and employee checks with us. We are Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accredited, so your data is safe in our hands.
We also provide legislation advice and assistance with any application enquiries you may have.
Get in touch with us today or call us on 0333 777 8585 to get started with Care Check or ask for information on our DBS services.
Frequently asked questions about DBS checks for schools
The majority of schools will renew their checks every three years. DBS checks do not have an expiry date, however, it is highly recommended that schools update their employee and volunteer checks regularly so that you are aware of any new offences.
With the fast-paced nature of education, schools may need to fill teaching positions at short notice. The DFE introduced a List 99 check, which the DBS maintains and shows any person barred from working with children. This type of barred list check allows a person to work within the school while their Enhanced DBS check is pending.
When you begin your first job in teaching, your employer or licensing body should request the relevant checks on your behalf. From here, your record can be updated with a request to the DBS Update Service. Your employer should do this on your behalf periodically.
It is good practice for schools to request a new or updated check as DBS certificates are only as accurate as the day the certificate was issued. However, your certificate can be transferred providing the new job role matches and the regulatory body allows it. The decision to transfer or request a new check is at the discretion of the school, however, we recommend a new check because the individual would be working with a vulnerable group.