FAQs

Is DDC’s SSL certificate valid?

March 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Our data entry website (separate from this site) is protected by industry standard encryption technology, in the form of public-key SSL encryption. In practice, this means that any data sent to our servers is protected from eavesdropping. You can check the security of the connection by looking at the URL (address) bar in your internet […]

Do the Prepaid bundles of ID checks expire?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The ID checks you purchase in advance do not have an expiry date. If you purchase a 50 check bundle and only use 40 over the year you will still have 10 checks to use as and when required after that. Apart from buying a pack of checks what other cost are there? None. DDC […]

What does it mean if an applicant fails an ID Check?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

If an external ID validation check comes back as a fail it does not mean the applicant has done anything wrong or has necessarily provided incorrect details. To pass a Route 2 check the applicant must meet the requirements set-out by Government standards, for a Level 2 (remote) application. This means that they must be […]

Can I use the e-Bulk system for Basic-level checks or PVG applications?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The e-Bulk system can be used to apply for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks. Basic level disclosure applications are still submitted electronically but via a web service to the DBS and Disclosure Scotland. Unfortunately, there is currently no bulk upload facility for PVG applications. Disclosure Scotland have committed to a modernisation programmes (as of November […]

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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What are the different levels of Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 was passed to protect individuals with minor convictions, and assign a period of time that conviction information would remain on a record, before the individual was classed as rehabilitated. Once the rehabilitation period was reached (and there was no re-offence) the applicant would not need to disclose the information […]

What is the Disclosure and Barring Service?

February 13th, 2013 by Matt Tuckey

In January 2009 the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) became operational for England and Wales taking over responsibility for creating and maintaining a list of people barred from working with children, and another for people barred from working with vulnerable adults. Anybody on the previous Department of Health list, Department of Education list or on the […]

Can I check myself or a family member?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Under the current Legislation an individual or self-employed person can not obtain an Enhanced or Standard DBS check upon themselves. Anybody can request a Basic-level Check on themselves, via DDC, the DBS or Disclosure Scotland if living in Scotland. For higher level Disclosures there must always be a third party who is either offering a […]

Differences between a Subject Access Request, a Police Certificate and a Basic Disclosure

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosures are different to “Police Checks”, which are documents issued by the Police at the request of an individual asking for a copy of any data stored on the Police National Computer about them. This information is provided under the Data Protection Act and is therefore only for the personal use of the subject and […]

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What are spent and unspent convictions?

February 13th, 2013 by Matt Tuckey

Spent convictions are those convictions that have reached a set period as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and are removed from an individual’s criminal record. Unspent convictions are those records that have not yet reached this defined time and will appear on a Basic Criminal Record Check. For exact time periods relating […]