Child Protection & Safeguarding
Safeguarding in Hampshire
Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All successful candidates for posts working with children and vulnerable adults will be subject to relevant pre-employment checks, including Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure, reference, health checks, etc.
What is a DBS Disclosure?
A DBS Disclosure shows details of all cautions, reprimands, warnings and convictions held on the Police National Computer (PNC). You will also be checked against the Children's Barred List who are individuals not permitted to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. A Disclosure also contains any relevant and proportionate information held by local police forces.
How do I obtain a DBS Disclosure?
If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. You will be asked to complete an application form or an e-form.
Please note that in some cases, previously issued DBS Disclosures are ‘portable’ within the County Council and we will check this with you at the time.
Once the DBS Disclosure application process has been completed, you will receive a copy of your DBS Disclosure certificate. Keep this safe. You will be asked to provide details of your Disclosure, so that the school or department can update their records.
Is there a cost involved?
There is a cost involved, but in most cases this is picked up by the school or department that will be employing you. If you are not sure, please get in contact wth the school or the manager who offered you the role.
How can I find out more?
You can find out more about the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) their website:
School posts (including school-managed Children’s Centres)
For more specific information about how this relates to a post you are applying for in a school or Children’s Centre, please contact the school or Centre in the first instance.
You can also contact the Schools’ Recruitment Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catering posts in schools
Please contact the Council's Catering Service (HC3S) on 023 8062 9388 or at
Non-school based posts
If you are applying for a job that is not in a school, please contact the Council's recruitment team on email@example.com.