The following information is from Andrew Hall’s Safeguarding Briefing – 6th May 2019

International Schools and the DBS

Recently, I became aware that international schools, including British schools overseas, no longer have any access to the DBS. In the past, the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) processed applications on behalf of schools. Last year the DBS said this was to stop as it was unlawful, since checks could only be made for organisations in England and Wales. Instead schools should use the International Child Protection Certificate (UK) (ICPC). This is a criminal records check for UK nationals, or non-UK nationals who’ve previously lived in the UK, looking to work with children overseas, and is administered by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO). You can find out more information about the ICPC here: https://www.acro.police.uk/icpc/

[*Note: ACPO is now known as the National Police Chiefs’ Council]


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