It is the legal responsibility of the Headteacher to ensure everyone who visits a school for more than four times per month or goes on a residential trip and is left unattended with a child or groups of children has a valid DBS check (formerly CRB check). This is statutory guidance from the Government in order to protect the safety and well-being of children in schools. Having a valid DBS will allow you to volunteer to help in school, unsupervised, on a regular basis.
It is important to point out that having a valid DBS ensures you can help in school at the request of a teacher. It does not mean that you can enter the school in any other way.
Once you have a DBS you need to make sure that you come in to school regularly to keep it valid.
You are no longer required to have a DBS check if you are helping on a supervised, ad hoc basis i.e. on a school trip or for our Day of Difference.
I have a DBS check for another school or club. Doesn’t that count?
Previous CRB checks are not transferrable from one organisation to another. However, from 17th June 2013, anybody who has a DBS check carried out can subscribe to an ’Update Service’ whereby the check is kept up-to-date and can be taken from role to role within the same workforce (i.e. with children, with adults, with both or other).
Can I still help on a trip or as a one off if I don’t have a DBS?
Yes you can! If you are going to help on a day trip and don’t plan to be a regular school volunteer, you do not need a DBS. You can still help out on trips and one off events in school.
What about after school clubs?
If you are involved in an after school club that is an external provider and not a club run by school staff, it is that organisation’s responsibility to ensure that you have a DBS. Even though you may be using the school site with that club, you are treated as a separate entity and as a result it is not the school’s responsibility to ensure the DBS checks are done. If you are helping at a school club led by a member of school staff, you must have a valid DBS check undertaken through the school.