How Can After School Clubs Use the DBS check?

How Can After School Clubs Use the DBS check?
September 25 05:58 2017 Print This Article

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) framework replaces the old-style CRB checks. Both were established to safeguard vulnerable groups, such as schoolchildren, which means that anyone running an after school club must have due regard to the legal obligation to ensure that individuals working in the club are appropriately vetted.

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Which staff members need checking under the DBS framework?

All regular members of staff who have unsupervised access to children must possess an enhanced DBS check. This is the case regardless of whether they are employed or working on a voluntary basis. There is no period of grace for new staff members – only individuals with a clear enhanced DBS check can be allowed to work unsupervised with the children. However, it is not possible to obtain DBS checks for people under the age of sixteen, such as those who might be on work experience or volunteering for the service element of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Further detailed advice about keeping children safe is available from the Department of Education.

What is the difference between a basic and an enhanced DBS check?

A basic DBS check is the newest innovation from the DBS and includes only unspent convictions. An enhanced DBS checks unspent and spent convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands, and any other relevant police information. Anyone working for an after school club must have an enhanced DBS check.

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How do you obtain a DBS check?

The easiest way is to use an umbrella organisations such as They are skilled at processing the applications and will ensure that all the relevant information is included. Turnaround time can be extremely fast, which can be helpful if new staff members are needed at short notice. These specialist umbrella organisations are almost always happy to provide further guidance on what checks are needed and when.

Are DBS checks free for registered childcare settings?

Unfortunately not for employees. This service was removed in July 2013. There is now a fee of £44 for obtaining a DBS check for staff members. Umbrella bodies will levy an additional charge on top of that to make the application. There is no charge from the DBS for obtaining DBS checks for unpaid voluntary workers but, again, umbrella organisations will usually levy a small administration fee.


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