'What is an enhanced DBS Check?'
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will include details of all convictions on record, either spent or unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 - even minor convictions can be included on the Disclosure. All enhanced DBS Disclosures involve an extra check with your local police force records in addition to checks with the Police National Computer and the government department lists held by the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health.
'Do I need to get an enhanced DBS check for private tuition on MyTutor?'
You do not need an enhanced DBS check in order to tutor privately on MyTutor. However, parents do give strong preference to those who have a DBS, so it will be to your advantage during your application. If you don't already have a DBS, MyTutor can help you get one.
'Do I need to get an enhanced DBS check to take part in the Schools Programme?'
On the Schools Programme you will be working with children under the age of 18 during school hours. It is therefore a legal requirement for all tutors to be in possession of a valid, enhanced DBS check that details Children's Barred List Information.
If you don’t have a valid DBS check, depending on the time of year, we can register an application for you with our partner, Verifile. We do this at certain times of the year because work on the Schools Programme fluctuates seasonally with the school year - and we wouldn’t want you to invest in the certificate and then miss out on work.
When we’re processing checks they cost £44, and we will front this payment for you. You'll then pay it back in £4 instalments every time you complete a lesson. Once registered, Verifile checks usually come back within five working days. Please head to https://www.mytutor.co.uk/tutors/secure/ta-options.html to get started.
If you already have a DBS, please ensure that it meets our criteria and upload a clear picture/ scan of the front side to your profile via the 'Id & payment' section on the 'Edit profile' page. If you have trouble uploading it, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.