INDIVIDUALS DBS CHECKAPPLY FOR A CHECK ON YOURSELF
Individual Basic DBS Checks typically complete in less than 48 hours. Results can be emailed whilst waiting for the certificate copy to arrive in the post.APPLY NOW
ORGANISATION DBS CHECKAPPLY FOR DBS CHECK ON AN EMPLOYEE OR STAFF MEMBER
Employers Basic DBS Checks typically complete in less than 48 hours. Results can be emailed whilst waiting for the certificate copy to arrive in the post.APPLY NOW
DBS Check – What Is It?DBS checks are sometimes known as disclosure checks. They were previously called Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB checks. The check looks at any criminal history someone has, whether cautions or convictions. The agency which runs the checks is called the Disclosure and Barring Service, with similar organisations providing the same service in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The individual receives a disclosure certificate in the post, which they can then show to their employer.
Does Everyone Need a DBS Check?Not every role falls under the DBS system. The types of jobs which need a certificate, and the level of check needed, is set by law. However, if you are planning on a career working with children, or vulnerable adults such as the ill or elderly, then a DBS check will almost certainly be required. Employers don’t have the freedom to make their own decisions about what DBS checks to carry out, and on which roles. All the employer can do is look at the legal guidelines, and apply them to their organisation. A basic DBS check, which is a check of your current unspent criminal record can be carried out for any employee or volunteer. The more detailed standard or enhanced checks only apply to certain types of job, such as:
- Healthcare professionals
- Childminders and nursery staff
- Lawyers and Barristers
- Foster Parents
- Social Workers
- Vets or Dentists
DBS Application ProcessThe idea behind a DBS check is to assess the suitability of a candidate against a specific job. Therefore, only organisations or employers can request the more detailed checks. Individuals can only ask for a basic check on themselves. If your employer has asked for a standard or enhanced disclosure, the same process always applies.
- 1. Get an application form from your employer, or complete the application form online.
- 2. Fill in the form.
- 3. Show a selection of identity documents (passport, driving licence, utility bills) to whoever is requesting the DBS check.
- 4. Employer submits the form to the DBS, directly or through an third party “umbrella” organisation.
- 5. The DBS look at the Police National Computer to record information on a certificate for a basic DBS check. For enhanced disclosures, the forms are sent off for further checking by Police forces around the country.
- 6. The certificate is posted to the applicant, not their employer or organisation which has requested the check.