If you need any help with DBS checks, Recruitment or Safeguarding please speak to your HR Advisor or one of our friendly team at FusionHR who will be happy to help.
It is the school’s responsibility to decide whether a regular visitor or contractor should be DBS checked and to what level before being allowed onsite. These decisions need to be based on activity, frequency and contact level.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 states the following:
Schools and colleges do not have the power to request DBS checks and barred list checks, or ask to see DBS certificates, for visitors (for example children’s relatives or other visitors attending a sports day). Headteachers and principals should use their professional judgement about the need to escort or supervise visitors.
Schools and colleges should ensure that any contractor, or any employee of the contractor, who is to work at the school or college, has been subject to the appropriate level of DBS check. Contractors engaging in regulated activity will require an enhanced DBS certificate (including barred list information). For all other contractors who are not engaging in regulated activity, but whose work provides them with an opportunity for regular contact with children, an enhanced DBS check (not including barred list information) will be required.
How do you know if a DBS Check has been run previously?
If someone gives you their DBS Certificate number just ask to see the certificate itself. The number unfortunately at present does not allow you to check online and confirm if they have had one. The only way to see the result of someone’s DBS Check is by viewing the certificate itself.