All self-employed tutors must be required to get criminal record check
We're urging the Government to close a loophole that could leave thousands of privately-taught children at risk of harm, by making criminal record checks compulsory for all private tutors.
Around 1 in 4 children receive extra, out-of-school tuition. But there is no legal requirement on the thousands of self-employed private tutors in the UK to undergo a criminal record check which would reveal details of any child sex offences.
Without a compulsory criminal record check parents are left in the dark about the risk self-employed tutors may pose to their children.
If they are supplied by an agency tutors would be checked by their employer, but if they are self-employed the same level of checking would not necessarily be undertaken.
This is in stark contrast to jobs such as accountants, vets and even traffic wardens, whose work does not involve children but still require a basic criminal record check on entry to the profession.