Safeguard your educational institution with APCS's comprehensive background checks. Ensure compliance and protect your students with our specialised screening solutions tailored for the education sector.
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As an educational institution, safeguarding the wellbeing of your students is of paramount importance. When recruiting new staff members, it’s critical to ensure they are suitable to work with children and young people. At APCS, we specialise in providing thorough background checks tailored for the education sector. Our range of checks can help you make informed hiring decisions and reduce the risk of harm to students under your care.

Enhanced DBS Checks: A Vital Tool for Education Roles

Most roles within the education sector will require an Enhanced DBS Check. This comprehensive check reveals an applicant’s full criminal record, including spent and unspent convictions and cautions. It can also include a check of the relevant barred list, ensuring the individual is not prohibited from carrying out regulated activity.

At APCS, we make the Enhanced DBS Check process simple and efficient. Our online system allows you to submit applications quickly and track their progress in real-time. We understand the time-sensitive nature of recruitment, which is why we strive to deliver results promptly without compromising on accuracy or thoroughness.

Prohibition from Teaching Checks: Ensuring Suitability for the Classroom

In addition to Enhanced DBS Checks, educational institutions must also conduct Prohibition from Teaching Checks before confirming a new appointment. This check verifies whether an applicant has been barred from teaching by the Secretary of State for Education.

APCS offers a streamlined Prohibition from Teaching Check service that covers requirements for both Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). By utilising our service, you can have confidence that your teaching staff meet the necessary standards and are suitable to work in an educational setting.

QTS Checks: Verifying Qualified Teacher Status

When recruiting teachers, it’s crucial to confirm they hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The APCS QTS Check service provides access to the Department for Education’s records, allowing you to verify a teacher’s qualifications and status.

Our QTS Checks also include separate lists of teachers who have been prohibited from teaching, those subject to current sanctions imposed by the former General Teaching Council for England (GTCE), and those who have failed to complete their induction or probation period successfully. By conducting these checks, you can ensure your teaching staff are properly qualified and suitable for their roles.

Section 128 Checks: Safeguarding Leadership Positions

For leadership roles in independent schools, academies, and free schools, a Section 128 Check is a legal requirement. This check verifies whether an individual has been barred from participating in the management of an independent school by the Secretary of State for Education.

APCS’s Section 128 Check service provides a quick and reliable way to meet this requirement. By conducting these checks, you can ensure that those in leadership positions are suitable and have not been prohibited from such roles.

Digital Identity Checks: Fast and Secure Verification

In addition to our specialised education sector checks, APCS also offers Digital Identity Checks as a fast and secure way to validate your prospective employees’ identities. Our innovative solution allows applicants to upload their documents via smartphone and provide a real-time face match, eliminating the risk of forged documents.

By incorporating Digital Identity Checks into your recruitment process, you can streamline the onboarding of new staff members while maintaining a high level of security and compliance.

Partnering with APCS for Safer Education Environments

At APCS, we understand the unique challenges and responsibilities faced by educational institutions when it comes to safeguarding students. Our comprehensive range of background checks, tailored for the education sector, provides you with the tools to make informed hiring decisions and create safer learning environments.

By partnering with APCS, you can benefit from our expertise, advanced technology, and commitment to delivering accurate and timely results. We take pride in supporting educational institutions across the UK in their efforts to protect students and maintain the highest standards of safety and integrity.

Don’t leave student safety to chance. Choose APCS for your education sector background checks and gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing your staff have been thoroughly vetted. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your institution’s safeguarding efforts.