FAQs

What is the DBS Update Service?

July 1st, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The DBS Update Service was launched by the Disclosure and Barring Service on 17th June 2013. An applicant must join the service and pay an annual subscription fee direct to the DBS.* Once joined the applicant can potentially re-use a Disclosure Certificate by giving permission to a new employer to check online that the document […]

What are the DBS Filtering Rules for criminal check certificates?

June 24th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

On the 29th May 2013 legislation came into force that removed certain old and minor conviction information, from the Exceptions Order of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. In practical terms this means that not all conviction information will be displayed on a Standard or Enhanced DBS Disclosure. These rules are described as the DBS Filtering […]

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 […]

How long does a DBS / CRB check last?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosures cannot be thought of as licenses, and they do not expire after a certain period. Disclosures are a more like a snapshot of a person’s criminal record. If the government updates the individual’s criminal record the day after a Disclosure is generated, then the Disclosure will be almost immediately inaccurate. This scenario is unlikely […]

How long does it take to get a Disclosure?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosure turnaround times vary according to several factors. The national average is approximately 14 days for an Enhanced Disclosure, although this figure can vary significantly. When evaluating the total time taken to obtain a DBS Certificate it is important to look at each stage of the process. Firstly the applicant must complete the form, and […]

How can my organisation become a ‘Registered Body’?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The conditions of registration are set out in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Registration) Regulations 2006. The wording within the Act will continue to refer to the Criminal Records Bureau. However, from 1 December 2012, it will apply to the DBS. To satisfy the conditions of registration you must: submit over 100 DBS check […]

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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