DBS and Barred List (formerly List 99)

The Children's Barred List

What is a Children’s Barred List check?

It is a quick way of finding out whether an individual is barred from working with children.

Important: If an applicant is found to be listed on the Children’s Barred List, then it is illegal to employ them for a role which involves working with children.

Introduced in March 2002, the Children’s Barred List check (formerly List 99) is required for anyone working with children (anyone under the age if 18) within the Educations sector and applies to everyone who is teaching, training or supervising children.

If an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check has been made this will include a check against the Children’s Barred list. If by virtue of their start date and continuity of service, a member of staff has not been DBS checked, then the school must have undertaken a Children’s Barred List check.

If I perform a Children’s Barred List Check, do I still need a DBS Check?

That is the decision of the employer. If the employer would like to see a full criminal record check then they can organise a DBS Check as well as the Children’s Barred List search. A Children’s Barred List Check can be carried out at the same time as an Enhanced DBS Check. Some employers begin an individual’s employment once the result of the Children’s Barred List search is complete.

Beyond the minimum

Staff appointed before March 2002 must have had a List 99 check; and staff appointed since 12th May 2006 must have had a DBS check (September 2003 for independent schools).

There is no mandatory requirement to DBS check staff who have been employed in the same post continuously since before the date DBS checking started.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions. It helps to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

The checks form part of the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidelines.

To comply with the Data Protection Act, schools and colleges should not retain copies of DBS certificates for longer than six months.


All Governors now require a DBS check and should be included in a section on your SCR