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DfE statutory guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children” applies to all organisations that work with children. It sets out how to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and make their approach child-centred.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

Robust procedures must be applied to deter and prevent unsuitable people from working or volunteering in your setting. The guidance provides advice on how to conduct pre-employment checks, seek references, and the importance of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safe recruitment decisions by processing and issuing DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. DBS also maintains the adults' and children's Barred Lists and makes considered decisions as to whether an individual should be included on one or both of these lists and barred from engaging in regulated activity.

You can read more information here
In Scotland, the equivalent service is Disclosure Scotland. Those in Northern Ireland can access this information at AccessNI.

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An Introduction to Safeguarding and Child Protection

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