Writers undertaking work in education are generally required to have an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. When entering into a contract with a particular school or other institution, it may well be that the 'employer' makes a specific Disclosure Application on your behalf at the time. It is however useful for freelance writers to have an Enhanced Disclosure which they can present as and when necessary. An individual cannot make such an application themselves to the DBS but NAWE can process the application on behalf of Professional Members based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Scotland has its own system which is managed by Disclosure Scotland.)
If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact Clare Mallorie for an application form and a list of the original documents to be sent with the completed form. If possible, do please ensure that at least one of these documents is from Group 1 (passport or driving licence) otherwise there will be a considerable delay in processing the form. Once you have completed the form (in block capitals), please return it to us, together with a cheque for the sum of £58 made payable to NAWE.
The DBS has introduced an Update Service in order to make it possible for individuals with a DBS Certificate to keep it up to date. The Certificate can then be used for work across roles with children and/or vulnerable adults, avoiding the expense and time taken to get a new one. This could mean that only one DBS certificate is needed. The cost of the Update Service is £13 per individual, per year. Further details here