Safeguarding checks and the SCR

  • DBS checks: contractors
    Get to grips with when contractors need a DBS check and whether you're responsible for doing the check.
  • DBS checks: renewals
    DBS checks don't routinely need to be renewed. Find out when you should ask staff and volunteers to have a new check.
  • DBS checks: summary of requirements
    Download our summary table to quickly identify who needs which type of DBS check. Use our template risk assessment to decide whether to accept an existing DBS certificate, and find guidance on staff starting before their check comes through.
  • DBS checks: volunteers
    You should carry out a risk assessment and use your professional judgement to determine what checks are needed for volunteers. Use our template to save you time creating your own.
  • DBS checks: work experience providers
    The requirements for carrying out DBS checks on individuals supervising work experience depend on whether pupils are over or under 16. Read our summary to get to grips with these requirements.
  • Regulated activity in schools
    Schools must make sure that individuals in regulated activity are not barred from working with children, by carrying out a barred list check through the DBS. Read about what counts as regulated activity in a school, and what the exceptions are.
  • Section 128 checks
    Make sure you know who needs a section 128 check under the latest safeguarding guidance and how to carry one out. Understand what the check looks for and why it's important.
  • Self-declaration form: template and guidance
    Use our template to help you collect self-declarations from shortlisted candidates during your recruitment process – you can adapt it based on the role you're recruiting for. Find out how to manage self-declarations appropriately.
  • Single central record: requirements and template
    Save time and stay compliant by using our single central record (SCR) template. Find a summary of what must be recorded and which staff the document must cover, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.