Updated guidance for schools regarding DBS checks for Bradford Council staff
It has come to our attention that some schools are concerned that they may be asked for DBS clearances by members of Ofsted inspection teams. In response to this we have checked directly with Ofsted and they have made it absolutely clear that this is not a requirement. If queries do arise during an Ofsted inspection, please refer inspectors to the relevant paragraph (see below), if in doubt to telephone the duty HMI at Ofsted on 08456 404045.
Schools and colleges do not have to keep copies of DBS certificates in order to fulfil the duty of maintaining the single central record. It is not appropriate for our members of staff to provide you with a copy of their DBS disclosure. Please refer to the DfE publication on Keeping Children Safe in Education and Safer Recruitment in Education.
Schools and colleges must obtain written notification from any agency, or third party organisation they use that the organisation has carried out the checks (in respect of the enhanced DBS certificate, written notification that confirms the certificate has been obtained by either the employment business or another such business), on an individual who will be working at the school or college that the school or college would otherwise perform
➡ DfE Statutory guidance for schools and colleges: Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Bradford Council is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. As part of this commitment all Bradford Council staff that come into schools are rigorously vetted; a process which includes the use of enhanced DBS disclosures where appropriate.
All Bradford Council staff carry a company identification badge when visiting schools, this includes their DBS number and expiry date. Please ensure that you ask our colleagues to present them on arrival at school to confirm their identity. If you have any concerns regarding whether an individual is a genuine Bradford Council employee, or have any concerns regarding child protection then please do not hesitate to contact the relevant department at Bradford Council.