FAQs

I am self employed, how do I request a DBS check?

March 15th, 2018 by Steven

If you are self employed, the only level of check you can obtain on yourself is a Basic-level check. Anybody may request a basic level disclosure on themselves, and this can be done directly with the DBS or Disclosure Scotland if living in Scotland. You can read more on our Basic Disclosure page. If you […]

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What are the security features of a DBS/CRB Certificate

February 2nd, 2018 by Jonathan Bazely

With the changes to Legislation that were introduced in June 2013, resulting in the issue of a single DBS Disclosure Certificate to the applicant only, it is more important than ever to establish that a DBS/CRB Certificate is original and genuine. Under the current guidance it is the responsibility of the employing organisation to check […]

The criminal record checking process for transgender applicants

October 18th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

I am a transgender applicant, what is the DBS process? The law requires that applicants disclose all previous names and addresses to the DBS so that they can process an application correctly, and return accurate results. The DBS have a process to allow applicants to disclose previous gender/name information to the DBS only. This information […]

What happens if there is a change in personal circumstances?

October 18th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Common queries relating to changes in personal circumstances and criminal record checks. Below are some of the most common queries in relation to changes in personal circumstances and applying for a criminal record or DBS check. These changes may have an influence on what happens during the checking process or when applying for a new check. I […]

Where is my DBS / CRB check and why is it taking so long?

July 6th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Where is my DBS Certificate? Waiting for your DBS/CRB Certificate to be processed can be a frustrating time. This is especially true when you are required to have a Disclosure before starting work or taking up a volunteering role. The length of time taken by the DBS to issue a Certificate is not a sign […]

What is a Caution, Reprimand or Final Warning?

January 29th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Below are some general guidelines designed to assist with deciding if an individual has received a caution, reprimand, final warning or a conviction. A majority of cautions, reprimands or warnings will become instantly ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. This means that they will not appear on a Basic Police check, however they may […]

What is the role of a Recipient, for criminal record check information?

January 18th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

What is a DBS Recipient? A ‘Recipient’ is a term used by Due Diligence Checking Limited (DDC) to describe a specific role. This role is authorised by a Client organisation to receive content on a Disclosure. To access DDC systems, a Recipient requires additional security information, set-up at account opening. If a user has not […]

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What is classed as a ‘Personal or Family Arrangement’ by the DBS?

November 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Bazely

A family arrangement is a relationship which involves close family or those who live in the same household and treat each other as family. A personal, non-commercial arrangement exists where no money changes hands, or any money changing hands is given outside of a commercial arrangement. An example would be gifting a friend some petrol […]

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How can I pay for my DBS check?

October 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

I have been asked to make payment for my DBS check, what are the options? If you wish to make payment for your criminal record check there are several options available: Debit / Credit Card – payment details can be provided over the phone or in person at our offices (please see the contact DDC […]

What is the DBS definition of a volunteer?

September 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

The DBS do not charge an application fee for roles submitted as volunteers. As such they have a very strict definition of a volunteer: A person engaged in an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than or […]