Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service

Providers must ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles. Providers must have effective systems in place to ensure that practitioners, and any other person who is likely to have regular contact with children (including those living or working on the premises), are suitable.


Department for Education: Statutory framework for early years foundation stage (EYFS) September 2021
This framework is mandatory for all early years providers in England from 1 September 2021.  Please refer to 'Suitable people' and 'Disqualification', section 3.9 - 3.18.

NDNA: Staff suitability and disqualification factsheet
Current legal requirements for ensuring staff suitability to work with children and to support nurseries with procedures for checking staff suitability and disqualification.

Keeping children safe in education: childcare disqualification requirements – supplementary advice
The Department for Education has published this advice as a supplement to the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance to help schools understand requirements placed on them by legislation.

Disqualification Process Map
Regulations around disqualification by association, used alongside the settings safer recruitment policy when employing new staff and in procedures around the management of existing staff.