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DBS Checks for Teachers

Who needs a DBS Check?

We would recommend anyone who is in a position of trust undergoes a DBS Check. Basic Checks are a public service; they are available to any employer, and they can help to make suitable recruitment decisions. There is not a list of people who can and can’t have one; the only rules are what levels or type of check you qualify for.


Do I legally have to get a DBS Check to work as a teaching assistant?

Although DBS Checks are not required by law, OFSTED state that all schools must conduct DBS Checks on staff. This allows hiring managers to make suitable and safe hiring decisions. DBS Checks for schools are an important step in ensuring the safety of the students.


What kind of DBS Check is recommended for those working in education?

There is no particular type of DBS Check required in order to work in education. However, DBS Check Online would recommend that employers in these sectors conduct an Enhanced DBS Check on all potential employees, as the nature of the sector involves working primarily with children. An Enhanced Check goes into more depth and allows the employer to also conduct a search of the Children’s Barred List. Nursery assistants, nursery teachers, teaching assistants and teachers working with children must do an Enhanced DBS Check.


Enhanced DBS Check

What does an Enhanced DBS Check show?

The Enhanced DBS Check is the highest level of check available, therefore it goes into the most level of detail. It reveals if a person has any spent or unspent convictions, warnings, cautions or reprimands on their criminal record. This check also has the option to search the Children or Adult Barred List, which is why it is highly recommended for the education sector, to discover if the applicant should be barred from working with these groups. The applicant’s local police force is also able to disclose other relevant information they hold on the applicant.


How do I apply for an Enhanced DBS Check?

For this level of Check, employers must apply on behalf of the potential candidate; individuals cannot apply themselves. For this type of check, the employer cannot apply directly with the government, they will, therefore, need to register with an approved DBS Umbrella Body like ourselves to get the certificate. Once the candidate has completed the application and it has been processed, the certificate will be mailed directly to the applicant. They will be required to present this to their new employer before starting the position.


How long does it take to receive an Enhanced DBS Check?

Generally, we find that Enhanced DBS Checks can be returned quicker when completed online rather than through a paper application. Some Checks can be returned to us in as little as 24 hours if there are no queries, whereas some can take a week. Some applications can take longer and there is no guarantee of a turnaround time.


If you need an Enhanced DBS Check urgently, contact us right now at 0333 880 5331 or [email protected]

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