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8.7 Disclosure and Barring Service: Guidance for Children's Social Care Providers

This chapter was added to the manual in May 2020.


The guidance covers these children’s social care services:

  • Adoption support agencies;
  • Children’s homes, including secure children’s homes;
  • Independent fostering agencies;
  • Residential family centres;
  • Residential holiday schemes for disabled children;
  • Voluntary adoption agencies;
  • Local authority adoption and fostering services (as a good practice guide) and Managers.

Click here to access the guidance.

The guidance sets out what Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks you need to have in place and how Ofsted will check the use of the DBS checks and certificates on inspection.

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