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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.

7 Mar 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update March 2017

Apprenticeship levy, sex and relationships education, wealth screening, common standard reporting for charities, general data protection regulations, careers guidance for schools, teacher recruitment and retention, teacher workload and NCS.

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2 Feb 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update February 2017

New fundraising regulator, apprenticeship levy, charity law round up, Migratory Advisory Committee report, HMRC to go digital with its anti-money laundering activity, DfE guidance on buying, new governance handbook and competency framework and more.

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12 Jan 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update January 2017

Inquiry into education and promoting emotional well-being of pupils, Fundraising Regulator, Malpractice in A levels and GCSEs, Charities and breach of information law, Commission on religious education (CoRE), Apprenticeship levy consultation

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2 Dec 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update December 2016

Autumn Statement, Insurance, Inspections pilots, Inspections pilots, Consultations affecting charities, Charity law, Ministry of Defence Accredited Schools Database, Tax free childcare, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), DfE census data

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4 Nov 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update November 2016

Schools that work for everyone consultation, Children missing education, Tax free childcare, Inspection.

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13 Dec 2016

ISC’s response to “Schools that work for everyone”

ISC has responded to the consultation “Schools that work for everyone”. Our consultation response can be viewed.

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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.

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1 Dec 2014

Proposed New Independent School Standards

Government consultation response from the Department for Education.

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