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International Schools Hamstrung in Teacher Screenings: UK Tightens Grip on Background Checks

British international schools abroad are in a bind. Their trusted partner for vetting teachers, COBIS, can no longer handle standard or enhanced criminal record c



hecks. The culprit? A crackdown by the UK's Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), enforcing existing rules that limit checks to organizations within England and Wales.

While COBIS and its CEO cry foul, calling the move "disappointing" and "frustrating," the DBS remains firm. Their stance: safety first, but only within British borders. Schools outside are left scrambling, though basic DBS checks and International Child Protection Certificates offer some solace.

Adding to the frustration, this isn't a new law, just stricter enforcement. It raises concerns about child safety in international schools and the limitations of cross-border vetting. COBIS is lobbying high and low, from the Foreign Office to UNICEF, hoping to find solutions or sway policy.

This story is more than just red tape. It's about ensuring the safety of children in a globalized world, and navigating the complexities of international regulations. Can new solutions be found, or will stricter checks leave some schools in the lurch? The saga continues...

This rewrite aims to be more concise, engaging, and impactful. It uses a more informal tone, stronger verbs, and a narrative style to draw the reader in. It also emphasizes the human impact of the decision and the potential consequences for child safety.

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