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How to get a DBS for schools

How to get a DBS for schools

One question that is always asked by new teachers is what is a DBS and how do you get one. I have put together some information on how to acquire one.

It is standard for all schools to ask teachers for their up to date DBS from the UK. This document take s a few weeks to acquire and schools usually wont allow teachers onto their premises without one, so it is advisable that you apply as soon as possible.

DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring service and is a document resulting in merging information from the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority and is basically a background police check. 

If you are not from the UK you will need to supply your police check from the country in which you were born so it is advisable to apply for that as soon as possible.

As a children's yoga teacher it is imperative that you apply for the ENHANCED DBS as this police check is specifically for working with children and vulnerable adults. This usually costs around £65 for the first application and then £14 for yearly automatic renewal. It can be tricky to apply for an enhanced DBS unless it is done through a school or agency. It is advisable to speak to the studio or school that you will be teaching for to ask them to assist you with this process.

It is important to note that when initially applying for DBS that you opt in for the yearly automatic renewable service which will ensure that your DBS is automatically renewed every year for £14. If you don't do that you will have to go through the entire process again AND pay £65 to renew instead of £14.

Hope this helps :)