Thinking of asking
me to present a DBS check?
Please read the following...
Clive Chandler currently
holds one or more DBS check and is more than happy to make this documentation available when the circumstances require. He
is registered with the Update Service for this purpose. Such circumstances are defined as 'regulated activity'.
In simple terms the question is whether or not he would be supervising children and whether or not he would have unsupervised
contact with them which is frequent or intensive.
A DBS check is not a 'passport'
to enter schools, and it is wrong to treat it as such. Requesting disclosure from visitors on a 'blanket basis' is
not good practice as it demonstrates a lack of proper understanding of due process and the important checks and balances that
are in place to prevent mis-use. Court judgements make it clear that it is unlawful to act in this way.
Please note that if you book me for a single visit, you cannot choose to define me as a 'regular
contractor'. To be engaged in 'regulated activity' I would - at the least - have to be visiting for 4 days in
a 30 day period.
Occassional visitors enter schools according to
the risk assessment of senior management. It is they who decide on the level of supervision based on the nature of the activity. A vistor can expect to be under the 'reasonbale' 'day to day' supervison of
the staff who are supervising the activity. This needs to be proportionate.
fact that is easier for schools to ask visitors for disclosure on a blanket basis, does not make it the correct thing to do.
Asking for disclosure when not required is is actually a breach of legislation and recording information which you do not
have good legal reason to access will put you very much on the wrong side of data protection laws and the legal right to 'privacy'.
Clive is a self-employed individual. Under DBS rules it is a technical impossiblity in England for
him to obtain an enhanced DBS check for activity that is not 'regulated'. It would also be impossible for any
school to obtain such a check on his behalf without making a false declaration about the nature of the activity. Even where
a visitor gives access to the update service you would also need to make a declaration that you had a the right to access
the information, which you would not be able to do. It doesn't make sense for you to seek access a check made by others
in different circumstances which you would not have been able to have done yourselves.
So, as a matter of principle he does not comply with any incorrect assertion that 'occassional
visitors' are required to provide a DBS check to enter a school.
is best achieved by the correct implementation of statutory and binding guidance which is properly designed for the purpose
and which also pays due regard to the rights of an individual visitor. In schools this means KCSIE with which Safeguarding
Policies are required to be fully compatible and of the full details of which - included the Note on Regulated Activity -
staff are required to have a proper understanding. It is not possible for your to go
'beyond' the statutory guidance in this regard, without actually going 'against'. This does not make your
safeguarding more 'robust', it makes it unlawful.
This information is posted for the benefit of anyone who is looking for quick clarifiation
of the official position with regard to DBS checks. In relation to my work this will mostly be schools. All of
this information is available from the various sources. The position is clear and it is the responsibility of anyone
thinking of requesting such a check to understand the circumstances in which this is acceptable and when it is not.
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent
Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.