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Does Santa need a DBS check?

It will soon be that time of year when organisations start building grottos and searching for Father Christmas and his elves, so we thought we would remind you about whether these roles can be DBS checked.

There is no automatic eligibility for either of these roles to receive a standard or enhanced DBS check. This is because children are accompanied by a parent or other adult who is responsible for supervising the child. This removes responsibility from staff. Organisations should not request standard or enhanced DBS checks because there is a possibility that a child may show up unaccompanied.

You can request basic disclosure checks on any staff including Father Christmas. This will disclose details of any unspent convictions and conditional cautions. If you are unsure about whether a role is eligible, please use the updated eligibility guidance or check out the eligibility tool.

Read DBS - DBS eligibility guidance and DBS - Find out which DBS check is right for your employee