DBS News May / Jun 2014
May 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Bazely
Changes to Identity Checking Guidelines – EU Driving License and Adoption Certificate
When submitting an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service, applicants need to provide some suitable identification to prove their personal details. The list of acceptable documents for an Enhanced or Standard Disclosure is defined by the DBS, in response to the Home Office guidelines on identity checking. There were some major changes made to this list in May 2012 which saw a reduction in the number of documents to choose from. There were also further changes to the combination of documents that could be accepted in a Route 1, 2 and 3 process, or an application made via a Fingerprint process to verify an applicant’s identity.
The DBS have been working with the Home Office to address issues raised by service users, relating to this list of documents that are acceptable. This month the DBS have announced from the 1st July 2014 the Adoption Certificate and EU Driving Licence will be classed as a Group 1 document.
Legal definition of ‘work with children’
The Home Office have recently consolidated the existing list of ‘prescribed purposes’ by making changes to legislation under the following documents:
This has resulted in a single prescribed purpose, termed ‘work with children’ which allows for an Enhanced criminal records check to be made. The aim is to provide more clarity and refer to ‘special guardians’ and ‘prospective guardians’. This prescribed purpose can be summarised as follows:
- Activities that would have met the definition of regulated activity with children before the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act (PoFA) in September 2012
- Activities that meet the definition of regulated activity with children
- Adoptive parents, special guardians and any of their household members aged 18 and over
- Registration for child minding/day care and any household members aged 16 and over
- Registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006 and any household members aged 16 and over
- Foster carers and any household members aged 18 and over (In line with the Department for Education fostering regulations)
- Private foster carers and any household members aged 16 and over
- Household members aged 16 and over of individuals who are in regulated activity with children, or would have been in regulated activity with children before the introduction of PoFA in September 2012 and live on a school site; or are working and living in an Further Education (FE) institution or 16-19 Academy
- Working in an FE institution or 16-19 Academy where the normal duties of that work involves regular contact with children
- Activities that would have been regulated activity with children before the introduction of PoFA in September 2012 if they met the period condition but are only carried out infrequently
- Activities that would be regulated activity with children if they met the period condition but are only carried out infrequently
- Registration under Part 2 (Establishments) and Part 4 (Social Care Workers) of the Care Standards Act 2000
This has not changed the eligibility for requesting a check of the Childrens Barred List.
Update Service progress
The DBS have now announced the their Update Service has reach 150,000 subscription since it was launched in June 2013, allowing applicants to take their Certificates with them under certain circumstances and where the employer will accept it. For more information on how the Update Service works please see our FAQ section.