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6. DBS Checks

There is an online eligibility checker that helps to determine if a DBS is required. Generally, any student placement over 10 days in total (so 20 afternoons for example) may require any employer who has regular contact (regulated activity) with a student to have a satisfactory DBS check. The online eligibility checker can be found here:

DBS Checks Online | Criminal Record Check | Care Check

A standard check is £18 and an enhanced DBS is £38. The online eligibility checker will determine which is required. The employer would have to apply as the DBS becomes their own document and the school organising the placement would need to check the DBS check.

The cost of a DBS check for an employer supporting a student’s school provision through offering a work placement would need to be covered by the school arranging the placement.

If a student needs to have a DBS check themselves due to working with children or vulnerable adults as part of their course of study, again the school would need to cover this cost.

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