SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    15.6 Disqualification by Association

    Last updated 14/07/2021

    Disqualification by Association now only applies in domestic settings, not schools.

    Disqualification under the Child Care Act still applies to  staff themselves who work in a child care capacity, whether paid, volunteer or are on work placements.

    Relevant staff are those working in child care, or in a management role because they are: working with reception age children at any time; or working with children older than reception until age eight, outside school hours.

    Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2018) paragraph 116 also refers to disqualification: “For staff who work in childcare provision or who are directly concerned with the management of such provision, the school needs to ensure that appropriate checks are carried out to ensure that individuals are not disqualified under the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009”.

    Schools are free to decide how to bring these requirements to the attention of their staff. As a means of making staff aware of their duty to provide such information, they may, for example, choose to include a section in the school’s safeguarding policy, or another policy document, or by means of an addition to new staff members’ contracts of employment. Schools should draw this guidance to the attention of their staff and the information provided by Ofsted referenced in this guidance.

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