The advice from both the Disclosure and Barring Service and the DfE’s lead on safer recruitment is that, whilst it is not a requirement for all individuals in schools with an age range that includes pupils aged 18 and over to have DBS clearance for the adult workforce, it is a requirement for those staff and volunteers engaged in regulated activity with adults.
Having consulted with colleagues in Education & Skills regarding this advice, it is recommended that all staff and volunteers in regulated activity with adults are immediately required to apply for an enhanced criminal records certificate for the adult workforce. In the meantime it is recommended that a risk assessment is carried out for each individual/job role and adequate respite measures are put in place pending DBS clearance. HR are currently working with schools and colleagues in Employee Services to amend the relevant documents in relation to criminal records checks to include checks, where appropriate, for the adult workforce. You will be informed when this documentation is available for use.
If you require further guidance in implementing these recommendations and in reviewing your own practice and procedures please consult your HR provider.