Extra Safeguarding Checks for applicants for Education programmes

In October 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) issued an update to its Statutory Guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education.” As a result of this update, further safeguarding checks must be carried out on applicants due to embark on a course that involves working with children in schools, in addition to the usual Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Prohibition to teach check (All Initial Teacher Training applicants)

Edge Hill are required to check that all applicants due to commence a programme of Initial Teacher Training are not subject to a prohibition to teach order issed by the Secretary of State.

You do not need to complete anything for this check to be carried out. Your details will be checked by Admissions staff prior to enrolment to ensure you are not subject to a prohibition order. We will only contact you if we are unable to confirm that you are not subject to such an order.

Childcare Disqualification Check (All applicants for courses involving placements with children under the age of 8)

Edge Hill are required to ensure that applicants due to commence a programme that involves working with children under the age of 8 are (under the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2009) not disqualified from working in a childcare setting.

A person may be disqualified through:
1. Having certain orders or other restrictions placed upon them;
2. Having committed certain offences;

You will be required to complete a declaration confirming that you are not disqualified under those Regulations from working in schools and settings.

A disqualified person is not permitted to continue to work in a setting providing care for children under age 8, unless they apply for and are granted a waiver from OfSTED. Click here for further information.

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