The NSPCC has stated that all self-employed tutors should be legally required to have a criminal records check before they start working with children.
Currently, a loophole means that self-employed tutors do not have to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in place, which greatly concerns the NSPCC.
Teachers working in schools are required to have a DBS check and many tutoring agencies will also ask for an up to date check on their agency staff.
The NSPCC has offered the following advice to parents looking to employ tutors for their children:
- employ tutors through reputable agencies
- take additional checks to check if a tutor is suitable, such as interviewing them, following up their references and speaking to their previous employers
- ensure your children understand how to keep themselves safe from abuse, for example by teaching them the Underwear Rule