All NMPAT staff are subject to safer recruitment checks including two references, checks on the suitability to work with children and young people and checks on the right to work in the UK.
All NMPAT staff and volunteers are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, including a barred list check and staff suitability questionnaire under Disqualification by Association regulations, and will not be working with children and young people unless NMPAT is satisfied that these checks have been made and there has been no break in service since the last DBS check.
In the event of any information coming to the attention of NMPAT concerning a member of staff's suitability to work with children and young people, this information would be shared with the relevant stakeholders immediately.
All staff receive regular training in safeguarding and child protection, including radicalisation, and all school based teaching staff receive an annual performance review.
Any queries about recruitment and Disclosure and Barring Service checks should be directed to the Chief Executive.
A statement regarding the above was shared with all partner schools on 30 August 2018, to cover the academic year 2018 to 2019. This page has subsequently been updated to reflect changes in Keeping Children Safe in Schools 2018.
Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
The latest advice from the DFE (February 2015) clarifies the position of instrumental teaching staff as exempt under this legislation. Staff are not covered by the legislation if they provide "education or supervised activity for children above reception age during school hours (including co-curricular activities, such as the school's choir or sports teams)".
Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - DFE February 2015, page 6.
Safer Recruitment and the Single Central Record
DFE Briefing paper Keeping Children Safe in Education - Guidance from 3 September 2018 states that all schools must maintain a Single Central Record, for all staff employed by a school. It includes separate advice for agency and third party staff.
In addition to the names of NMPAT (Agency) staff:
...schools and colleges must also include whether written confirmation has been received that the employment business supplying the member of supply staff has carried out the relevant checks and obtained the appropriate certificates, and the date that confirmation was received and whether any enhanced DBS certificate check has been provided in respect of the member of staff. Paragraph 144.
Agency and third-party staff: Paragraph 152 to 153
152. Schools and colleges must obtain written notification from any agency, or third party organisation they use that the organisation has carried out the checks (in respect of the enhanced DBS certificate, written notification that confirms the certificate has been obtained by either the employment business or another such business), on an individual who will be working at the school or college that the school or college would otherwise perform.
153. Where the position requires a barred list check, this must be obtained by the agency or third party prior to appointing the individual. The school or college must also check that the person presenting themselves for work is the same person on whom the checks have been made.
DFE April 2018