FAQs

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 […]

What is a DBSAF check?

August 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

What is a DBSAF check? A DBSAF check (or Disclosure and Barring Service Adult First check) is an accelerated check of the DBS Barred List for working with Adults. It was previously called an ISAAF (or Independent Safeguarding Authority Adult First) or a POVA First (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) check. The results of the check […]

How to make an Employment Decision

June 27th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

For most employers this is the final decision to make once the results of a criminal records check have been received. Where there is no Certificate content to evaluate, which is a majority of cases, this is an easy decision. For most employers it becomes slightly more complicated if the Certificate has revealed some further information […]

What is ‘Working from the Home Address’ on the DBS form?

June 11th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

When do I tick the ‘Working from Home Address’ box on a DBS form? This specific question was added to DBS forms and online applications as part of the May/June 2013 changes. The applicant or person requesting the check should use this box to indicate if they (or the applicant) are carrying out the work […]

What is Approved Additional Information?

March 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

As part of the checks undertaken with an Enhanced-Level DBS application, the DBS will ask the Local Police Forces (LPFs) if they hold any additional information relating to the applicant being checked. This query will be sent to all the LPFs which cover areas where the applicant has lived over the last 5 years, although […]

What are the March 2014 changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act?

March 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

On the 10th March 2014 the Government introduced changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Act 2012. These changes have altered the amount of time that convictions take to become classed as ‘spent’ meaning the subject does not need to reveal them to an interested party requesting […]

Can I use a c/o address for my application?

February 10th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

The DBS will allow applicants living overseas to use a ‘Care of’ address, as they are unlikely to receive their Certificate at their home address, as the DBS may not post their Certificate. The applicant must provide permission for their Certificate to be sent to this address, and the form must clearly identify this as […]

I receive online statements / utility bills, what can I do?

October 3rd, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The documents that a Registered Body can accept in support of an Enhanced/Standard Disclosure application are defined by the Disclosure and Barring Service. In the official guidance, they specify that original documents must be used, and photocopies or documents printed by an applicant are not acceptable. Excluded from this list of acceptable documents are mobile […]