We have seen an increase in queries from the education sector asking about security guards contracted to work in their schools and what level of checks they require.
This can be quite confusing as although they are working within a school, they do not need to undergo the same stringent checking.
Security guards are vetted and registered by their governing body which is the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and they undergo and are eligible for a Standard DBS Check.
A Security Licence cannot be obtained without this level of check.
What will a Standard DBS Check Show?
A Standard DBS check will show details of all cautions, warnings and reprimands as well as spent and unspent convictions on an individual’s record. A Standard DBS check does not include additional information held by police such as interviews and allegations.
If the security guards work is solely out of school hours, the level of check for registration is appropriate.
However, if the work is during school hours then the security guard will fall under what is called ‘regulated activity’ which is work that involves close and unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups including children.
As at some times they will be unsupervised by school staff, this then means the security guard in question will need an Enhanced DBS Check to carry out work within the school.
What will an Enhanced DBS Check Show?
An Enhanced DBS check will show details of all cautions, warnings and reprimands as well as spent and unspent convictions on an individual’s record. An Enhanced DBS Check will also include additional information held by police such as interviews and allegations.
Do security Guards Need Barred Lists Checks?
The children’s barred lists search can only be included on the DBS application if the applicant definitely has the potential to come into unsupervised contact with the children whilst on the school site.
You should always check when acquiring contractors to work in your school that they have the appropriate check to provide the services.
For more information on hiring a contractor, the SIA keeps a register of approved contractors here. SIA Register of Approved Contractors
It is also worth noting that if a security guard goes on to work in a pub, shop or shopping centre for example after they have been licenced, they will only be eligible for a Basic Disclosure.
If the security guard goes on to work in a hospital or medical centre, they are eligible under section 21 of the DBS eligibility document for a Standard Check with no barred list as they are working within a Healthcare environment:
‘Any employment or other work which is concerned with the provision of health services and which is of such a kind as to enable the holder of that employment or the person engaged in that work to have access to persons in receipt of such services in the course of his normal duties.’
For more information on checking your staff or contractors please get in touch with the Personnel Checks team on: