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Do I need a DBS check?

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Safeguarding children’s well-being is essential and many parents and potential tutors ask us about the requirements relating to criminal record checks. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a DBS Check?

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate is an official document in the UK proving that there is no known reason why an individual may not work with children or vulnerable adults. It involves a background screening for relevant criminal convictions in police records.

As of 17th June 2013, The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Do you need any specific checks to become a tutor?

It is not a legal requirement for a self-employed private tutor to obtain a DBS check in the UK. However, many tutors working with children or vulnerable people often wish to have one anyway to give their clients peace of mind.

Tutors are effectively employed by the parents of the children they work with, or directly by the students themselves, and, like employing a babysitter or any other service provider, it is entirely up to parents who they choose. That’s why we do not demand that our tutors have DBS checks. However, parents can specify the checks and qualifications they would like their tutor to have. All tutors who are DBS approved on Scoodle will have submitted their DBS directly via our system.

Can parents demand their tutor has a DBS check?

Of course. Again, as for any other service, some parents will ask tutors to show them a copy of their DBS certificate at the start of their first lesson. For extra transparency, tutors who are DBS approved will have DBS marked on their profile.

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