Last reviewed on 12 August 2021
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Read our summary of when contractors need a DBS check and whether you're responsible for carrying it out.

Decide who needs which check

Contractors must have an enhanced DBS check if their work will bring them into contact with children. 

Use your professional judgement to decide if the amount of contact they have merits a check. For example, if they're working outside of school hours or in areas where the children don't go, they wouldn't need a check. This is also the case if you cordon off the areas where contractors are working. 

If they're in regulated activity they must have an enhanced DBS check with a barred list check

You should set out your safeguarding requirements in the contract you have with the contractor or company. You must not allow a contractor who hasn't had any checks to work unsupervised or engage in regulated activity.  

These requirements are outlined in paragraphs 272 to 275 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).

You should make sure any contractors