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Reply To: School requesting references prior to a visit

Frances Johnstone

This is becoming more common – we regularly get asked to provide reassurance for schools that we have undergone “safer recruitment” checks as part of safeguarding processes that schools follow and have to evidence for OFSTED, but we literally provide a letter that says “yes we got references, yes we checked their ID, yes they have DBS” etc etc. More tricky if you are a sole trader!
I would suggest dropping the head / senco an email clarifying – it sounds like the response has been process driven rather than them understanding the context under which you are working. However some schools may still insist in which case you may want to have 2 references that you have consent to duplicate for any such purpose.