Last reviewed on 12 August 2021
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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.

Pre-16: checks may be required

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks with barred list information may be required on some people who supervise a child under the age of 16 on a work-experience placement.

It's up to you to decide what checks are necessary and you should make this decision after considering the circumstances, including the nature of supervision and the frequency of the activity. 

You should consider whether the person supervising the child will be:

  • Unsupervised
  • Providing the activity overnight or frequently (more than 3 days in a 30-day period)

If the person is unsupervised and in frequent contact with the child, their work is likely to be regulated activity. If this is the case, you could ask the employer providing the work experience to ensure that the individual is not a barred person.

This is outlined in paragraphs 312 to 314 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).