With Christmas soon approaching, Santa is entering his busiest time of year. It is often assumed that Santa is eligible for a DBS check, however this is not always the case. Below is our complete guide to getting a DBS check for Santa this Christmas.
Does Santa need an enhanced DBS check?
Santa and his elves are not responsible for caring or supervising the children as they are usually with their parents or guardians when visiting Santa’s grotto. In this case, because they are not carrying out what the DBS consider to be regulated activity with children, they are not eligible to have the Enhanced DBS check.
If Santa needs to work in a specified establishment such as a school, children’s home, children’s centre or childcare premises on four or more days in any period of 30 days he can indeed have the Enhanced DBS check.

Can Santa apply for a Basic DBS check?
Although Santa will probably not be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check, he is eligible for a DBS Basic check. This will show all unspent convictions in the United Kingdom and help an employer to make a safe recruitment decision. In order to apply for a basic check, Santa can apply directly through the DBS on behalf of themselves using the following link. Alternatively, as an employer you can apply for a Basic DBS check through us with the applicant’s permission.
In addition to a DBS Basic check, APCS would recommend that you:
    • • Make sure Santa is aware of the company’s current safeguarding/child protection policies.
    • • Ask for potential applicants to provide a reference and conduct a short interview in order to ensure they are appropriate for the role.
    • • Ensure the child’s parents/guardians join them throughout the visit.
    • • Ensure that another member of staff (ideally also with current Basic DBS check) is present throughout.

If you have any further questions please give us a call on 0151 638 6158.