Changes to the Tutor checking system:

DRB is the new abbreviation given to the old CRB check from Dec 2012.

Now that the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority have merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service, CRB checks have been replaced by DBS Checks. But how does this affect those working with children?

The merger of the CRB and ISA was the result of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which was introduced by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in February 2011 and came into effect in December 2012. As well as merging the former agencies into a new non-departmental body – the DBS – the Act reduces the scope of ‘regulated activities’, i.e. work or activities that require the person doing it to be checked to ensure they are not barred from doing so.

Some supervised work, including instructing or looking after children, is now broadly classified as an unregulated activity. This allows volunteers to work in schools and organisations with vulnerable groups, provided they are supervised, without needing their status checked.

However, if any work is to be conducted without supervision it would again be classified as a regulated activity and an enhanced DBS check would need to be conducted.

As private tutoring is an activity conducted without supervision, it remains a regulated activity and an organisation employing a new private tutor would still be required to conduct an enhanced DBS check prior to letting them commence work.

Parents should be aware, however, that the requirement only applies to employed private tutors and there is no legal requirement for self-employed tutors to undertake a DBS check (and nor was there any requirement for self-employed tutors to be CRB checked). This is an important factor to consider when choosing the right tutor for your child. Prime Tuitions can guarantee that all tutors working within our school are fully vetted and hold a DBS.
While it is a criminal offence to work with children if barred from doing so, self-employed tutors are legally allowed to offer their services without providing any proof of a clear criminal record, as the arrangement between a tutor and parent is classed as ‘domestic’.

The safety of their children is every parent’s paramount concern, and Prime Tuitions recognises the peace of mind that criminal records checks provide to parents looking for a trustworthy, honest and dependable private tutor.
As a professional and conscientious tuition agency, Prime Tuitions insists that every tutor we employ completes an enhanced criminal records check prior to being accepted onto our Tutor Register.
After checking identification documents, qualification certificates and references, Prime Tuitions ensures that every tutor applicant completes an enhanced check (formally the enhanced CRB check and now the enhanced DBS check) if they are not in possession of a recent certificate.

Parents can therefore rest assure that every tutor is suitably qualified and has been checked prior to being recommended to teach their child.

Dr Sada Joshi, proprietor of Prime Tuitions, explains:

“The DBS checking service, like the CRB service before it, helps to ensure only suitable people are allowed to work with children. The name has changed but the purpose of the checks remains the same: to help safeguard children. We are committed to providing quality home tuition that is above all safe, and all our new tutors will be required to complete an enhanced DBS Check, before we accept them onto our register.”

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