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8 Apr 2016

Disclosure and Barring Service

Delays with DBS applications, compliance visits and updated guidance.

Delays with DBS applications ISC has been in touch with DBS to complain about the lengthy delays faced by numerous schools with the processing of DBS applications. In their March newsletter, DBS acknowledged that customers were facing long delays and confirmed they are working with the Metropolitan Police Service to reduce a backlog of applications.

DBS has advised ISC that schools should utilise the escalation route which is available where an applicant is experiencing employment risk and severe hardship as a result of lengthy delays. In such circumstances, schools should contact DBS with the name(s), application reference number(s) and the address including the postcode of the applicant(s) affected by police delays. More information can be found here.

Compliance visits DBS confirmed in their March newsletter that they will be visiting Registered Bodies to carry out compliance inspections against the Code of Practice, which was updated in November 2015.

Updated guidance DBS has updated their guidance on barring referrals and the update service.

6 Sep 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

Children missing education - statutory guidance

The reporting duties for schools when children are missing education have changed.

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3 Sep 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

New Fundraising Regulator

There will be a new fundraising regulator, formed as a result of the Etherington review into fundraising.

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17 Aug 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

New guidance for charity trustees

The Charity Commission has published new guidance for charity trustees on fundraising from the public.

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17 Aug 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

Ofqual consultation

Ofqual is currently seeking views

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17 Aug 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will affect every organisation that processes EU residents’ personally identifiable information.

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6 May 2015

Childcare and Schools fact sheets

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act: Childcare and Schools fact sheets from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

1 Dec 2014

Proposed New Independent School Standards

Government consultation response from the Department for Education.