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If a business is involved in working with children or vulnerable adults, it is vitally important to implement and maintain effective safeguarding procedures in the workplace.

The importance of safeguarding

Safeguarding is the process of protecting vulnerable people and young people and those with a responsibility or duty of care to look after them.  As an employer it is important to understand safeguarding matters and have an awareness of their organisation’s role in protecting them as well as the wider implications of not having adequate procedures in place.

Disclosure and Baring Checks (DBS)

Students under 16

Adults who are supervising students on work experience do not usually require DBS checks unless those adults are taking part in regulated activity which means regularly supervising or being solely in charge of children. If this is the case, the school or college could ask the employer providing the work experience to ensure that the person providing the instruction or training is not a barred person and if deemed necessary (following a risk assessment/visit) carries out a DBS check.

Students aged 16 or 17

Schools and colleges are not able to request an enhanced DBS check with barred list information for staff supervising students aged 16 to 17 on work experience. Where the student on placement is aged 16 or 17, the work experience provider must consider what supervision arrangements should be in place and what tasks the student will undertake. An enhanced DBS check may be required.

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