Last reviewed on 12 August 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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Read our summary to help you decide when work experience students will need a DBS check.


You can't carry out DBS checks on children under the age of 16. 

If a work experience student is 16 or older and:

  • In regulated activity - they'll need an enhanced DBS check with a barred list check
  • Not in regulated activity - they should have an enhanced DBS check but not a barred list check

The DBS confirmed this to us. 

You can also use this online tool to determine what level of check a person needs. 

Responsibility for checks

In cases where: 

  • The college or university organises the work experience for the student, they should carry out the DBS checks. You should ask for written confirmation from the college or university that they've completed the checks 
  • Your school or the student organises the placement, your school should carry out the checks

The rules on DBS checks are set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education