The cost of the Disclosure and Barring Service application is paid by the School of Education for all those students who are required to obtain a DBS check.
The School of Education fully implements the University of Nottingham’s Safeguarding Policy in relation to children and vulnerable adults. The school has a strong and extensive partnership with local and regional schools, colleges and other institutions and therefore a central part of the policy focuses on the need for many students in the School to apply for, and receive, a satisfactory check.
Any student whose study involves them in contact with children or vulnerable adults. That means:
If you are a student based at the University of Nottingham campus then you need to apply for a DBS check if the above applies to you. This applies whether your research is conducted inside, or outside, the UK. It is essential that you have a passport when you come to the UK as you will need this to provide evidence of your identity. An identity card is not sufficient to prove identity for this purpose.
Additionally you need to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct from your home country. This should be brought with you to the induction event. If you cannot obtain it before this point then it will need to be provided before conducting any form of work in external institutions. If your country does not issue these then please contact the appropriate administrator. For further information please see the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure's information on overseas criminal record checks.
Initial Teacher Education and undergraduate and postgraduate Counselling students are sent a DBS application at an appropriate stage of the application process or during their course. Masters and Research students should discuss with the tutor/supervisor whether they need to apply. Additionally, they should read the School of Education’s ethics information.
A DBS application form can be requested from the contacts listed above right. Once the application is completed you should take the form and necessary documents to the appropriate administrative assistant for checking.
In addition to the DBS application you are also required to complete an additional form from the University of Nottingham on which you should disclose ALL previous convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not filtered or protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). For details of these please go to:
This form is compared to your DBS disclosure once received. If the required information is not provided and details of an offence subsequently emerge during a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, it is likely that the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
Most offences that appear on a DBS disclosure do not prevent a student taking up, or remaining, on course. The School of Education operates a policy that all students with an offence on the disclosure will be invited to meet with the appropriate Taught Courses Manager and a Course Leader/Director. The purpose of the meeting is to support the student in any future job application, discuss any placement implications and the background of the offence. The meeting is confidential unless the offence is of a nature which affects placement on the course.
For confidential enquiries please contact:
Student Services Centree: email@example.com: +44 (0)115 748 6500
School of Education - Research Ethics
Jubilee CampusWollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4543
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 6600
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