Recruitment checks: cheat sheet

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.

Last reviewed on 9 June 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. DBS
  2. Barred list
  3. Prohibition from teaching 
  4. Childcare disqualification
  5. Section 128

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.

Stay compliant with the latest statutory guidance 

Once you've understood which check is which, use our list of checks for new school staff, governors and trustees to make sure that you're carrying out all the required safeguarding checks for every role in your school.

You can also find a flowchart to help you decide which checks are necessary on page 65 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2022.


What is it?

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

It includes:

It also includes any other information local police consider relevant