Glossary Terms & Definitions
i. unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/ guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;
ii. work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: e.g. schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers;
Work under (i) or (ii) is regulated activity only if done regularly: “regularly” is defined as; once a week or more, or on 4 or more days in a 30-day period, or overnight.
There is no longer a reference to 'vulnerable' adults
. Instead the emphasis is on specific care focused activities with adults such as; providing health care, personal
care, social work.
The time and frequency elements of the definition of Regulated Activity do not apply
, meaning that even if an individual is engaging in health care activities with an adult only once, a DBS Check with Adults Barred List Check is required. However, this does not include incidental help, for example occasional assistance within the community dance setting.
There are two barred lists that include the details of those barred from
working with children: DBS Children’s List, and adults: DBS Adult’s
List. These are lists of individuals who are not suitable for work in
Regulated Activity. The lists are maintained by the Disclosure &
Barring Service (DBS).
A child is defined in law as being a person under the age of 18.
Frequent is defined as:
Carried out by the same person
With the same groups of children/vulnerable adults:
Once a week or more often. OR, on four or more days within a 30-day period, or overnight. Overnight being between 2am-6am
Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)
The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) was a non-departmental
public body (NDPB) that existed until 1 December 2012 when it merged
with the CRB to form the DBS.
There is no legal expiry date for DBS Certificates. In many permanent posts, employers may wish to re-check every 2-3 years. However, since the introduction of the DBS Update Service, this may no longer be necessary as DBS Certificates registered with the Update Service will be portable between jobs and areas.
A repeal is the removal or reversal of a law. It cancels an order previously adopted by Government.
Specified places / range of establishments
Specified establishments include; schools, nurseries, children’s homes. For a list of specified establishments click here: Home Office.
Day-to-day supervision that is reasonable in the circumstances for the
purpose of protecting any children concerned. The duty that supervision
must take place “on a regular basis” means that supervision must not,
for example, be concentrated during the first few weeks of an activity
and then tail off thereafter, becoming the exception not the rule. It
must take place on an ongoing basis, whether the worker has just started
or has been doing the activity for some time. Click here to read the statutory guidance on supervision issued by the Department for Education.