What is the Shared Lives programme?

This used to be known as adult placement and it is when carers share their family and community life with someone who needs some support to live independently.  Shared Lives carers support disabled adults, older people with dementia, and people with mental health problems. 

If your employee works in a care home, sheltered accommodation or goes to an individual's private home to carry out their duties they are not in a home based occupation. 

Teaching professions - Teacher/supply teacher/classroom assistant/mentor/classroom support/volunteer reader 

The majority of these posts take place in a school environment and not the teacher's home.  

Therefore, they are not carrying out a home based occupation role. 

There may be some occasions where a child goes to a private house to receive some form of teaching or instruction.  Where such teaching or instruction takes place in the teacher's private residence, you should consider this as home based. 

Some incorrect examples of home based jobs are: 

  • Lifeguard
  • Church reader
  • Taxi driver
  • Builder
  • Prison placement

We hope this information helps you understand what is, and is not home based. 

Home based checks do play a valuable part in the service the DBS provide. 

When a home based check is requested, the police consider any relevant information they have in relation to the address on the application form.  If they deem it necessary, they will release information on the certificate which may not be in relation to your employee directly, but about people who live at that address, or known associates of your employee or visitors to that address.

Third party information can be useful to employers; it allows them to accurately assess the risk of placing children or adults, who need care or support, in a household.

However, if you tick that box incorrectly you could find yourself in a situation where you have access to information you have no authority to see.  You should not use it to make a recruitment decision or you might find it difficult to demonstrate that you did not use it to dismiss someone from or refuse them employment. 

The police often contact us to confirm a position is a home based before they continue with their checks.  Then we need to contact you; this can add avoidable delays into your recruitment process.

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