DBS's & Safeguarding
What are DBS's?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
A DBS check is a report from the police which details any and all entries the police have on their system for you. This is just a formality for most people and is purely a precautionary measure to ensure children and young people are safe on their activities. The search is for relevant records, so, for instance, there is no need to worry if you want to work with children but have a speeding ticket!
Every Local Authority in the country has a Local Safeguarding Children Board in place to make sure that children are protected from harm and that their welfare is promoted. In Norfolk, the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) is made up of statutory and voluntary partners who work with families and children. We are an independent organisation and make sure that people working with children carry out their safeguarding responsibilities as required by the law.
There is a wide range of professionals who have a duty to keep children safe from harm, protect their welfare and support them to achieve their potential. Safeguarding is everybody's responsibility, so it is important that professionals have the knowledge and experience to fulfil their duties. The Board provides advice and guidance to frontline staff on multi-agency safeguarding procedures.