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Schools Liability for Civil Penalty Fines Issued

Schools Liability for Civil Penalty Fines Issued

Schools Liability for Civil Penalty Fines Issued

03 Feb 2016

The HR Safer Working Team have conducted an audit of schools staff right to work data from their on-line tool, which monitors DBS and Right to Work data. This is indicating 6 staff are working in our schools with out of date work visas and supporting right to work documentation. In addition it is also highlighting incomplete documentation running into the 100’s of cases. This may be simply explained by these records having not been updated. However, the red light is flashing on those six cases referred to above which are being followed up with the schools concerned but there may be other matters of concern in the second category.

As mentioned by HR at the Primary Heads meeting last week we know given the positive relationships Camden has with the Border Agency, that they are actively random sampling employer records, including schools in particular. Which is not a great surprise given the external environment at present. Therefore, the risk of detection for non-compliance has considerably risen.

Schools HR supported by Camden’s Legal have indicated they will cover the area of Work Visas and Right to Work Documentation in a training event that is being delivered on the 23rd of the February, and they will make the information available to all schools via the Camden School Services Website, even to those few schools who do not take up the Camden HR SLA Services. If you are able to get your schools SBM/ Bursar to attend you are urged to do so. They will also include an item on this topic in the second HR newsletter of the term. Plus Schools HR are also working on providing more detailed guidance and content which will delivered to the Camden Schools Website in the coming months.

As we are all aware the school’s headteacher and governors are ultimately are responsible for Safeguarding within School. If a school departs from being legally/ regulatory compliant and following Camden best practice, and the school is detected by the Border Agency as doing so and is subsequently fined for non-compliance. Any such fine would be funded directly of the school’s own budget, there is no financial support within Camden to fund this.

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