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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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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 […]

What is the difference between a PVG Scheme application and a DBS Check?

March 25th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

There are several key differences between the application for a DBS Disclosure and an application to join the PVG scheme. Below are some of the key differences and the questions an employer should ask before deciding on the correct process: Where will the applicant be working? To be eligible for the PVG Scheme the applicant […]

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What are children’s or adult’s lists?

March 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The Adult’s list and the Children’s lists are the two current systems for recording those individuals actively barred from working with children or vulnerable adults. The lists have existed in various forms over the past few years, such as List 99, Protection of Vulnerable Adults list (POVA), Protection of Children Act (POCA) list and the […]

I have been told to get a Disclosure. What do I need to do?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

If you have been told by your manager or supervisor to get a Disclosure on yourself, then the only level of Disclosure that your are able to obtain is a Basic-level Disclosure. Anybody may request a basic level disclosure on themselves, and this can be done directly through the DBS or Disclosure Scotland if living […]

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How do I get a criminal record checked?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The process for obtaining a Disclosure document is relatively straightforward, and involves 6 general steps: Decide which level of check the applicant requires. Complete the correct disclosure application form (online or paper). Present the form and supporting documents to an authorised individual, who will check the details. Submit the form to the DBS or Disclosure […]

How much does it cost to get a criminal record check?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The cost of getting a criminal record check depends on several factors and ranges from as little as £12 for a volunteer getting an online Disclosure to over £80 for an individual joining the Scottish PVG scheme. The cost is determined by the type of check required, the documentation the applicant is able to provide, […]

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Who can ask for a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

An individual can request a Basic Disclosure on themselves for any purpose. The Disclosure will contain information on unspent convictions. Standard and Enhanced Disclosures can only be requested by an individual or organisation that is eligible to ask an ‘exempted’ question about an individuals spent convictions. Organisations are allowed to ask this question when they […]

Should I choose a Basic, Standard or Enhanced Disclosure for my employee?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Ultimately this is the decison of the employer to ensure they request the correct level of Disclosure for the work their employees are undertaking. Below is some guidance that can help with this decision making process: Basic Disclosures can be requested for any role, including those adhering to the Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standard […]

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