NVQ Assessors DBS Check Guide
The level of DBS Check that a person requires all depends on the role and the responsibilities that go with it. So in the case of assessors or tutors, it depends on who they work with and what they do.
Assessors and tutors on NVQs, apprenticeships and training courses, have similar roles that all include working with young people. The question is – do they require a DBS Check? Read on to find out more.
How do you know what level of DBS Check is suitable?
There are different levels of DBS Check and each level has specific criteria that they must meet to be eligible for it.
Starting off with a basic check, the only requirement is that an applicant must be aged 16 or over and the individual can apply for it themselves. However, for a Standard or Enhanced Check there are more criteria to meet. To find out more, the government’s guidance may help.
But how does someone know which level they are eligible for? In the next sections, we will present different scenarios and explain what level of checks are suitable.
Working with people aged 18 or over
People who are aged 18 or over on any training courses, NVQs or apprenticeships are considered adults when it comes to DBS Checks. Whether they are in work, not in work, or in full-time education does not affect this.
This means that anybody who carries out a training role with these participants, who are considered adults, will not be suitable for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check. However, gaining a Basic DBS Check would be advisable, but not mandatory. Whether this takes place in the participant’s workplace or not, does not affect the eligibility.
Working with people aged 16 or 17
People who are aged 16 or 17 are considered as children to DBS Checks. So, this means that if there is a tutor or assessor that carries out training, whether they are in the participant’s workplace or not, then they are carrying out a regulated activity or working with children and they will be eligible for a check.
If they are carrying out a regulated activity then they would be eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check with a check of the children’s barred list. But if they are carrying out work with children, but not directly or frequently, then this would be the same level of an Enhanced check, but not a check against the barred list.
The difference between ‘working with children’ and a regulated activity is the frequency. If they work with children three or more times in a 30-day period and unsupervised, then this would be classed as a regulated activity. If not, then it would only be classed as work with children.
DBS Checks for NVQ assessors DBS Check Guide
Like any other job, being an NVQ Assessor depends on the roles and responsibilities of the job to determine whether they fulfill the criteria of a specific DBS Check. If you are still curious and have more questions, feel free to get in touch and we are always happy to help.