Frequently asked questions

A DBS check has taken the place of what used to be the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. It helps to prevent unsuitable people from working with or around vulnerable groups of people or children. There are over 4 million people each year that get DBS checks. 

If there has ever been a safeguarding issue within your house or place of work and the people working with children or vulnerable people have not been DBS checked, an employer could be held legally liable. An employer can require you to have a DBS check if you work within certain industries, usually those who work with vulnerable people. This table lists the kind of professions and employment roles where you may need a check. Employers can only ask for these checks if it is legally required. 

A DBS check does not have an expiry date. However, it is recommended that DBS checks are renewed every 3 years or more frequently if there has been a large gap in employment. 

Having a criminal record does not bar someone from working with children or vulnerable adults. A criminal record will not hinder your opportunities to work in education, however, it will be up to the discretion of the employer whether or not they choose to hire you still. CBS The Screening House found that out of 277 social workers surveyed 4 had criminal records. 

For a newly qualified teacher (NQT), they typically have a probationary first year of teaching whereas support staff are more likely to have a 6 month period. However, this is subject to the employer's discretion. 

Documents & other resources

White Papers/Guides

Steps to Safer Recruitment - Safer Recruitment in Education

Steps to Safer Recruitment. This shows the 14 steps to safer recruitment, right from the planning stage, through to the induction and probationary period.