Frequently asked questions

What does whistle blowing mean?

Whistle-blowing disclosures The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (the Act) was introduced to protect employees who are worried about wrongdoing where they work and want to 'blow the whistle'. Read more >

Should an inspection team be told about any safeguarding investigations running at the time of an inspection?

Tags: Safeguarding

The answer to the question as ever depends upon the context at the time. Ordinarily staff disciplinary issues are confidential between the staff member and their employer. Read more >

What does grooming mean?

Tags: Safeguarding

Grooming refers to an adult’s behaviour, which has the sole purpose of gaining the trust of a child and/or adults in order to manipulate relationships so that sexual abuse can take place. Staff Read more >

How does Estyn inspect safeguarding when a provider subcontracts all its provision to other colleges or providers?

Tags: Safeguarding

It is the provider who is responsible for ensuring its subcontractors make the appropriate safeguarding arrangements. Read more >

What requirement is there on a work-based learning provider for 16-18 year olds to ensure that work-based learning supervisors have been DBS checked?

Training organisations or employers taking responsibility for non-employed under 18s on a long-term placement i.e. Read more >

Does Estyn expect employers with apprentices to undertake DBS checks?

It is not within Estyn’s inspection remit to require anything concerning DBS checks. Read more >

Must students aged over 16 on work placements in schools and nurseries as part of the course have their DBS checks completed before they start?

Tags: DBS checks

This depends on how the students are working while on placement. If the student’s placement meets the criteria for ‘regulated activity’ i.e. Read more >

Should Trades and maintenance workers be DBS checked?

Following amendments made by the Protection of Freedoms Act, any paid work that is carried out in a specified place, which gives the worker the opportunity to have contact with children and which is Read more >

Should DBSs be renewed periodically?

Staff do not need to have a DBS check updated if they remain in continuous employment. Read more >

What does safe recruitment practice mean?

‘Safe recruitment’ means thinking about and including issues to do with child protection and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children at every stage of the recruitment process. It starts Read more >