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.
Why your sector needs a DBS check?
OFSTED state that all schools must conduct DBS Checks on staff. This allows hiring managers to make suitable and safe hiring decisions.
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.
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.