What is a Caution, Reprimand or Final Warning?

January 29th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Below are some general guidelines designed to assist with deciding if an individual has received a caution, reprimand, final warning or a conviction. A majority of cautions, reprimands or warnings will become instantly ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. This means that they will not appear on a Basic Police check, however they may appear on an Enhanced or Standard Level criminal record […]

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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 will confirm if the […]

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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 from within their own home. […]

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 […]

Is DDC’s SSL certificate valid?

March 14th, 2013 by webmaster

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 browser. […]

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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 applications per annum be […]

Can I use a Basic Disclosure for my Visa application?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosures are not proof of identity, so cannot be considered an ‘identity document’. Some countries request a criminal record check prior to granting a visa, but this is usually a special service offered by ACPO. For more information we recommend contacting the authority issuing the Visa.

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How is DDC associated with the DBS?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Due Diligence Checking Ltd. are an official ‘Registered Body’ and an official ‘Umbrella Body‘ for the DBS. Registered Body status means we can submit applications to the DBS and that we have met all of the RB requirements. Umbrella Body status means that we can submit applications on behalf of other organisations that are eligible […]

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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 […]

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Why do DDC use Experian Ltd for conducting ID checks?

February 6th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Experian are a well-established information management company, and have access to a large number of datasets. This means more data is available to validate against, so the higher the pass rate. Experian have been recognised by the DBS as providing an identity validation service tailored to the specific needs of the DBS ‘Route 2’ identity validation […]

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