DBS News Dec 2013 /Jan 2014

January 15th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely

Requesting checks on the Vetting and Barring Lists

In this month’s DBS News, an interesting article highlighted the risks of requesting information from the Vetting and Barring Lists, when the employer is not entitled to view such information. This can have an adverse effect on the applicant and any recruitment process based around the DBS check. It is essential that employers are able to confirm that an applicant is undertaking work that is classified by the DBS as ‘Regulated Activity’ in relation to children or vulnerable adults. For more information about these definitions please see the links below:

Continued Delays at the DBS

For the most recent Police Force performances please click here. Last month we reported that we had been focussing on chasing applications at the DBS to ensure that we could begin the formal process of Escalation at the earliest opportunity. We have seen some success with this and we are still working hard to ensure the DBS and Local Police Forces meet their Service Level Agreements. We have also produced some guidance within the Client Area News section on how you can track your application directly at the DBS. Alternatively, we can provide details to applicants to enable them to track directly. This includes what action the applicant can undertake if they are experiencing any financial difficulty as a results of the DBS breaching their Service Level Agreements. If you would like any guidance with this process please contact one of the team on 0845 644 3298.

To view the full DBS Disclosure News please click here.

Additional DBS Changes

Please note that the DBS have now released a new version of their sample policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. This update takes account of the Filtering Rules which came into force in May 2013. We recommend that all Clients update their policies as per the guidance provided by the DBS. For an updated copy of this policy please click on the link below:

Updated Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders