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DBS Eligibility Criteria for Enhanced & Barred List check


Applicants working with children are only eligible to apply for the Children’s barred list search if they are involved in a role that includes working directly with children, unsupervised and meets the frequency below.

If the applicant is carrying out an ‘activity’ with children such as teaching, training, supervising, instructing, giving advice, this meets the eligibility criteria to include the Children’s barred list search in the DBS check.

Please see below the qualifying criteria for Regulated Activity with Childen.

1. Activity

Applicant is undertaking unsupervised activities such as:

  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Instructing
  • Caring for or supervising
  • Providing advice
  • Guidance on well-being
  • Driving a vehicle for children

2. Establishments

Applicant must work for a limited range of specialist establishments with opportunity for contact with children, such as:

Educational institution exclusively or mainly for the provision of full-time education to children - Schools, Academies, Nurseries, Colleges- anytime up to the age of 18, pupil referral units, residential children's care homes, children's detention centres, children's centres in England- (This does not include work by supervised volunteers).

Please note: Children's Hospitals are NOT covered for Barred List checks.

3. Frequency

The applicant must have contact with children in the following time frames:

  • Once a week or more
  • 4 or more days in a 30 day period
  • Overnight between the hours of 2am-6am and the opportunity for face to face contact.


For more information on Enhanced & Barred List eligibility please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01254 355688.