Are your staff DBS checked?

Are your staff DBS checked?
Health & Safety | 14-02-2018 | Posted By James Sandwell

As a provider of fun equipment for events, we often travel the nation to service a range of events and work with a variety of clients.  We are seldom asked if our team of Fun Experts® are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked - formerley CRB. In short, the answer is no.

But Why?

Quite simply, as a fun entertainment provider (equipment / entertainers), we do not meet the criteria as set out in legislation. In order to meet the criteria our employees need to work with the same children or vulnerable adults for more than 30 hours in any 4 week period or on any 4 days in a 30 day period.

As this is not the case, we are not eligible for DBS checks. 

In the case of an event taking place at a school, a school teacher should be present with the children at all times as well as our staff (if a staffed event), supervising the equipment.

In order to be eligible, our position (role / business type) must be;

  • Listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 – this entitles the position to a Standard level check; and if
  • Prescribed in The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations entitles the position to an Enhanced level check.

We appreciate this may appear frustrating to certain event types and it has been one shared by many within our industry. In the case of Sunshine Events, you can trust that our team of Fun Experts® undergo a thorough interview process and reference checking, with each Fun Expert required to meet each one of our company core values.