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Revised statutory guidance on disqualification by association

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The Department for Education (DfE) has published revised statutory guidance for schools and local authorities in England that relates to disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006, which came into force on 31 August 2018.

Following nearly four years of lobbying by NAHT, the guidance has now been revised and removes disqualification by association for individuals working in childcare in non-domestic settings (eg schools and nurseries).

Disqualification by association will continue to apply for individuals providing and working in childcare in domestic settings (eg where childcare is provided in a childminder's home). The arrangements continue to disqualify individuals working in domestic and non-domestic settings if they themselves have been found to have committed a relevant offence.

A separate document containing tables and annexes sets out a summary of the changes and lists relevant offences for England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.

You can access the full guidance here.

First published 04 September 2018