Thinking of asking me to present a DBS check?
Please read the following...
Clive Chandler currently holds one
or more DBS check and is more than happy to make this documentation available when the circumstances require. (These show
that he has 'no convictions'). Such circumstances are defined as 'regulated activity'. In simple terms
the question is whether or not he would be supervising children and whether or not he would have unsupervised contact with
them which is frequent or intensive.
A DBS check is not a 'passport'
to enter schools, and it is wrong to treat it as such. Requesting disclosure from visitors on a 'blanket basis' is
not good practice as it demonstrates a lack of understanding of due process and the proper checks and balances. To do so puts
you on the wrong side of the law.
Occassional visitors enter schools according
to the risk assessment of senior management. When they do enter they do not need to be escorted at all times. A vistor can expect to be under the 'reasonbale' 'day to day' of the staff who are supervising
the activity. This needs to be proportionate.
The fact that is easier for schools
to ask visitors for disclosure on a blanket basis, does not make it the correct thing to do. Asking for disclosure when
not required is an offence under legislation.
Clive is a self-employed individual.
Under DBS rules it is a technical impossiblity in England for him to obtain a DBS for activity that is not 'regulated'.
It would also be impossible for the school to obtain such a check on his behalf.
as a matter of principle he does not comply with any incorrect assertion that 'occassional visitors' are required
to provide a DBS check to enter a school.
is posted for the benefit of anyone who is looking for quick clarifiation of the official position with regard to DBS
checks. In relation to my work this will mostly be schools. All of this information is available from the various
sources. The position is clear and it is the responsibility of anyone thinking of requesting such a check to understand
the circumstances in which this is acceptable and when it is not.
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.