You can't carry out a DBS check on a child 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
This is set out in paragraph 333 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023. See page 62 of KCSIE for a breakdown of what's included under 'regulated activity'. The DBS also confirmed this to us.
You can also use this online tool to determine what level of check a person needs.
Responsibility for checks
It's the responsibility of the 'work experience provider' to carry out any necessary checks (set out in paragraph 333 of KCSIE, linked above).
A college or university organises the work experience for the student, they