Last month, Ofsted clarified their guidance for inspectors inspecting safeguarding under the Common Inspection Framework (in Annex 2) about individuals who start work in settings before their DBS certificates are available. The guidance states: “If a school or college allows an individual to start work in regulated activity before the DBS certificate is available, it should ensure that the individual is appropriately supervised and all other checks are completed to ensure that the individual is not barred by the DBS. If an early years setting allows an individual to start work in a regulated activity before their DBS certificate is available, they should ensure that the person is never left in unsupervised contact with children, and that they are in the process of obtaining a DBS certificate for that individual”.
The full document can be accessed at:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inspecting-safeguarding-in-early-years-education-and-skills-from-september-2015/inspectingsafeguarding-in-early-years-education-and-skills-settings
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