Last reviewed on 9 June 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 36933

Do you know your DBS check from your section 128? Barred list check from prohibition from teaching? Learn the difference between the key recruitment checks, why they're important and how to do them. Download our cheat sheet for a handy reference, or to include in process manuals.

Here's a quick reference guide to help you understand how some of the key recruitment checks schools need to do fit together to provide a holistic view of a candidate.

You can also download a printable version to keep to hand or include in process manuals.


What is it?

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a check on someone's criminal record.

It includes:

  • Spent and unspent convictions
  • Cautions
  • Reprimands
  • Final warnings

It also includes any other information local police consider relevant to working in a school. 

Enhanced DBS checks don't include a barred list check unless you specify that you need one – see the section below for more on this.

Why do we need it?

Determine whether someone is allowed to work with children (through the barred list) Comply with childcare disqualification requirements (more on this below) Find out whether someone has committed offences that suggest they aren't suitable