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Ofsted updates guidance for staff without a DBS check

By Rachel LawlerGirl early years setting puzzle
Ofsted has updated its safeguarding inspection guidance to make it clear that members of staff without a DBS certificate should not be left alone with children.
Previously, Ofsted’s guidance said that practitioners should ensure that staff without a DBS certificate should have be “appropriately supervised” until all the checks had been completed.
Now, Ofsted’s “inspecting guidance” states that any staff who have started work before their certificate is available, should not be given any unsupervised contact with children at the setting.
The change come shortly after the government announced that childcare practitioners will no longer be disqualified from providing or working in non-domestic childcare settings because someone who lives or works in their household is disqualified. However, this does not apply to childcare practitioners working on domestic premises – including childminders.
The latest updated guidance is available on the government’s website here.
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