An introduction to the Single Central Register (SCR) for the bewildered

This session will be online.

  • What is an SCR?
  • Why does it exist?
  • Who needs checking?
  • What should you be recording?

This is an introductory course aimed at senior leaders in schools and colleges, DSLs, safeguarding governors and key administrative staff.

The Keeping Children Safe in Education document tells us that, ‘governing bodies and proprietors should prevent people who pose a risk of harm from working with children by adhering to statutory responsibilities to check staff who work with children, taking proportionate decisions on whether to ask for any checks beyond what is required and ensuring volunteers are appropriately supervised. The school or college should have written recruitment and selection policies and procedures in place.’

Failure to have an effective policy, to do the appropriate checks on staff and complete the register properly is one of the biggest reasons for failure of the safeguarding regulations in compliance inspections. It is frequently left to unskilled or poorly trained staff and yet it is a fundamental pillar of a school’s safeguarding systems. A school that cannot safeguard its pupils will then fail its leadership and management aspects.

This introduction to the Single Central Register will give you the key facts to enable you and your team to conduct the correct pre-employment checks on those working in your school, build a simple register and audit its completion.

We will look at:

  • The history behind this legislation to understand its significance;
  • Who you need to check (and who you don’t);
  • How to deal with staff that are not your employees such as supply staff and contractors;
  • The notion of ‘regulated activity’;
  • Which checks are needed for which type of worker;
  • How to complete and audit your register;
  • What happens if we have a concern about a colleague’s suitability to work with children.

Useful links to support an SCR audit:

Disclosure and Barring Service: About us - Disclosure and Barring Service - GOV.UK (

EU passport designs can be checked at Council of the European Union - PRADO - Search by document country (

Right to Work information: Checking a job applicant's right to work - GOV.UK (

Right to work evidence must be signed and dated. It should be kept for at least two years after the person has left and then destroyed.

Overseas Checks – Criminal records checks for overseas applicants - GOV.UK (

Presenter Profile

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Robert Lilley first entered the classroom over 30 years ago and has worked in a range of schools and colleges in both the independent and maintained sectors. Robert was in school leadership for over 20 years and has served as a school governor. He was a team inspector with ISI for 20 years before training to become a Reporting Inspector where he has led both compliance and educational quality inspections. Robert is a Nexus award nominee again in 2021 in the category of Improving School Leadership and can be regularly heard speaking on leadership and inspection topics.

Cost: £85 per delegate

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