A background check is a disclosure of your criminal record.

It can take different forms depending on your country, but usually requires you to contact your local police or government and obtain a document showing whether you have any criminal record, and if so of what nature.

*** It is a legal requirement in many countries that educators have disclosed a background check when working with minors ***

Even where it is not law, it is common and good practice for tutors to provide one.

What documents are acceptable?

In the UK, a background check takes the form of an Enhanced DBS Check. In other countries, it can be a Federal Background Check or a Police Record Check.

The following documents are not acceptable: Your CV/Resume, certificates of your degrees or any other qualifications, a letter of recommendation and if you are in the UK the Basic DBS check is insufficient.

When do I need a background check?

*** On Spires a background check is mandatory if you are intending to teach students aged 18 or under, or those still at school ***

This includes Primary, Secondary, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, IB and Admissions students on Spires.

If you are teaching adults or University level students only then you do not need to upload a background check, however it would be the mark of a professional to provide one.

What do I do once I have obtained it?

You can upload your background check in your Profile under the section titled "Background check":

If you have an Enhanced DBS check, you can upload the certificate. If your certificate is more than three years old, it is no longer valid and if you are not on the update service you would need to obtain a new certificate.

If you are on the update service, click here and run a status check on your own certificate. Take a screenshot of the final result and upload it to your background check area.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that any background check uploaded is the complete document. It should also be clear enough to read and if it is in a language other than English then a notarised translation must be provided. Additionally, no certificate provided should be more than three years old.

If we cannot read your background check, or if it is too old, we will have to reject it and you will loose access to the jobs board.

We do not display your document publicly on your profile. But prospective clients will see a green tick if you have uploaded a background check.

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