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A question for experienced tutors re:CRB checks & public liability insurance

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by takethatno1fan, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. takethatno1fan

    takethatno1fan New commenter

    I am currently teaching so have an up to date CRB check. If I wanted to do some tutoring from my home, what about the other adults in the house - do they have to be CRB checked. Not that this is a problem I must add, just want to make sure I do everything I should.
    Am I also right in thinking that public liability insurance, although recommended, is not essential? If I did get it, how much would it cost on average?
  2. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Your teaching union should be able to tell you about insurance
  3. tortuman

    tortuman New commenter

    I have been tutoring at home for years and I´ve never had public liability insurance or know anybody who has. It would be really bad lack that somebody tripped over a cable or hurt himself in your house. And then again, it would be very bad luck that that person would want to seek compensation for falling over in your house. I'd like to think that we haven't achieved the levels of stupidity they have in the States.
    The only people who ask for CRB checks are organizations. I have never had a private student asking for a CRB check. if you work through agencies they will probably want to see one.
  4. Public Liability insurance is not that expensive if you go to a company that specialises more in that sort of thing - I use Simply Business and pay about £60 per year. It's up to you, but I wanted that peace of mind !
    Funnily enough, none of the parents whose offspring come here have ever asked me about CRB checks for mentioned the insurance!
  5. Hi- I run a tutor introduction agency and although I insist the tutors have current CRB certificates, they are not required to by law yet, therefore other family members would not be required to have them. I would definitely advise public liability insurance if tutoring at home. Although rare, accidents do happen and you need the peace of mind insurance offers. It looks more professional too. Good luck!
  6. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I think ATL have a deal with an insurance company which does insurance for home tutoring for a modest fee: possibly other unions have something set up too.
  7. I've just been sent an application form for a website that offers help in finding pupils to tutor. In one section it says, "It is a criminal offence to tutor children unbder the age of 16 if you do not hold a current enhanced CRB."
    Is this correct?
    It would seem sensible but I'm not sure it is a 'criminal offence'
    PS I've got 6 current enhanced CRBs!!!
  8. DeborahCarol

    DeborahCarol New commenter

    I would have assumed it's a criminal offence.
  9. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    No, it's not illegal to tutor children without a CRB. That's just more scaremongering, like saying it's illegal to have a visiting poet in school without a CRB.
  10. I thought as much, although it does provide a loop-hole for the less scrupulous.
    There is also a responsibility on the part of parents and carers to know who is tutoring their child!
  11. davi_theuk

    davi_theuk New commenter

    I agree. If you are not CRB checked, you have just to say it to your pupil's parents, and then it's up to them if they are happy to leave their child with you or if they would prefer to stay in the same room for the whole lesson.

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