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DBS checks: obtaining and retaining certificates

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Last updated on 24 October 2016
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Must schools keep copies of DBS certificates? This article answers questions about obtaining and retaining copies of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates. We relay guidance on obtaining copies of certificates for school and agency staff and whether and how long to retain copies.

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  1. 1 Obtaining DBS check certificates
  2. 2 Must schools see an original DBS certificate?
  3. 3 Must we retain copies of staff DBS certificates?
  4. 4 How long can copies of DBS certificates be kept for?
  5. 5 How can schools check the ongoing DBS status of staff?

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