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DBS (criminal record checks)

Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) DBS Safeguarding in Employment Team is responsible for implementing and applying the latest developments in government legislation and reviewing guidance and providing advice and support in all areas of safer employment practice, including the processing of statutory DBS Checks. DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) checks A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check is a critical part of the Safer Recruitment Process. Please use these pages to find out all…

DBS and safeguarding

Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) DBS Safeguarding in Employment Team is responsible for implementing and applying the latest developments in government legislation and reviewing guidance and providing advice and support in all areas of safer employment practice, including the processing of statutory DBS Checks. DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) checks A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check is a critical part of the Safer Recruitment Process. Please use these pages to find out all…

DBS application process

A DBS Check is a critical part of the Safer Recruitment Process. The DBS Check allows safer recruitment decisions to be made and prevents unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children, through its criminal record checking and barring functions. eDBS System Buckinghamshire County Council processes DBS checks online via an electronic Employment Check system. Access the eDBS system eDBS Administrator user requests To request a log in or remove an existing user, please c…

DBS Checks for Governors in Schools

All governors, in whatever kind of school , maintained, independent, academy or free school, must have an Enhanced DBS Certificate following amended legislation which came into force on the 18th March 2016 to make Enhanced DBS checks mandatory for governors in maintained schools. LA Maintained Schools need to undertake “section 128 checks” for all governors. Section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 prohibits unsuitable staff and proprietors from “taking part in the management of an Inde…

DBS criminal record checks

What is a criminal record check? A criminal record check is a record of a person’s criminal history. In the majority of cases, a check will include all criminal offences including cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings. It may also include traffic offences such as speeding and drink-driving. DBS Application process Security features of a DBS certificate The importance of a criminal record check Criminal records checks help employers ensure that unsuitable people are prevented from…

DBS rechecks

Whilst there is no legal requirement to obtain a new DBS Certificate, as far as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is concerned, Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) has adopted a policy to ensure employees are appropriately checked on a regular basis. DBS check renewal DBS check renewals are usually once every three years and are recommended specifically for: staff who work on a one to one, often unsupervised basis with children, young people or adults at risk of abuse e.g. social worker…

DBS Update Service

The DBS Update Service enables employers and employees (including volunteers) to use one DBS Certificate across different organisations. This is providing the roles are within the same general workforce such as the Children’s Workforce. Update Service Process for Schools (December 2017) Update Service: employer guide (via Gov.uk)

Department for Education (DfE)

"The Department for Education is responsible for education, children’s services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances." DfE Website We will keep you up to date with topics of interest here but there is a wealth of information on the DfE website should you need it. Department for Education website…

Development governor

As well as governing board training and development , another important part of the role is the induction of any new governors Useful websites Bucks Association of School Governors National Governors’ Association The Department for Education (DfE) OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) ofsted.gov.uk and Parent view parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ EFA (Education Funding Agency) Toolkit for development governors Template Development Governor's Report Welcome Information for newly appointed governor…

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessments

If workers use display screen equipment (DSE) daily, as part of their normal work, continuously for an hour or more, employers must do a workstation assessment. Employers should look at: the whole workstation, including equipment, furniture, and work conditions the job being done any special requirements of a member of staff, for example a user with a disability Reducing the risks Where there are risks, they should take steps to reduce them. Employers must also do an assessment when: a new work…

Driving licence requirements

The following information is for managers; staff and others involved in the operation of vehicles used for council business, and will assist managers to recruiting for posts likely to include driving duties. Reference should be made to the Council's document " Regulations for the Use of Vehicles ". Regulations for the use of vehicles Driving license UK drivers who passed their ordinary car driving test before 1 January 1997 will normally have been issued an old style UK Driving License showing…

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