Tutors do not need a DBS certificate!

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You heard right.

Did you know that tutors do not need to have this to tutor your child at home?

For those who do not know what a DBS certificate is:-

What is a DBS certificate?

It is a document that says a person can work with children and vulnerable young adults. DBS check is a process used by employers and organisations to get a clear picture of a person criminal record. The DBS will check someone for any previous spent or unspent convictions, cautions, warnings, or reprimands. In some cases, the checks include the Children’s or Adults Barred Lists. The certificate shows a snapshot at the time of the issue. Therefore, for a tutor to work with children and young adults, the certificate is needed and should be updated annually.

Who can be a tutor?

It is a little-known fact that anyone can set themselves up as a tutor.

Tutors don’t need to be trained in the art of teaching. They don’t need to know the different strategies and techniques to get a child to learn. It means that a teenager with no/little teaching experience, or an adult with a passion for a particular subject, can place an advert on social media, newspapers, notice boards in coffee shops, etc., and call themselves a tutor.

Parents responsibility

There is no legal obligation for someone to provide the certificate when they advertise that they can tutor a subject. It is down to the parent to do the checks on the person they hire. Especially if you hire someone from word of mouth, advertisements placed online, or flyers put through letterboxes. One of the checks parents should do is to ask for references and contact those references.

So, one of the questions I always advise parents to ask prospective tutors: Do you have a DBS in place? Are you on the renewal service? When was it last updated?

Tutors working for tuition centres and tutor agencies will have a current DBS certificate. It also helps if the tutor, tuition centre or tutor agency is a member of The Tutors Association, the industry governing body.

So, if you are thinking of getting a tutor for your child, make sure you ask for evidence of a DBS certificate

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