Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) – UK – for International Schools (Criminal Records Check (i)…)


International Schools outside the UK, no longer have access to standard or enhanced DBS checks. The practice was reiterated as unlawful last year by the DBS and is being stopped. Such criminal records checks can only be conducted by the DBS on behalf of organisations based in England or Wales.

International schools should be using the International Child Protection Certificate (UK) (ICPC) for criminal records checks in respect of UK nationals, or non-UK nationals who have previously lived in the UK and are now looking to work or are already employed overseas working with children. ICPC certificates are administered by the National Crime Agency (NCA – CEOP) and ACRO Criminal Records Office