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DBS Checks

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 16 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Crb Checks Criminal Records Bureau

DBS Checks are carried out - and must be carried out - for anyone who wishes to work with children, the elderly or individuals who might otherwise be classed as vulnerable.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), is able to provide information about an individual as to whether or not he or she has a criminal conviction or has been charged with a criminal conviction which has expired.

This information is gathered from a number of sources and collated by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), who will provide the applicant with what is known as a 'disclosure'.

This disclosure - as we have already mentioned - enables a prospective employer be they a school, residential or children's home or any institution where children, the elderly or vulnerable people reside, to decide for themselves if an applicant is suitable for employment.

Given recent upturns in certain crimes against the self; assault, sexual assault, child abuse etc, the demand for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), checks have increased dramatically.

When applying for a job the employer may well pay the cost of acquiring this disclosure or you may be asked yourself to pay for it and will be reimbursed if you are successful in your application for a job.

The DBS disclosure falls into three categories:

  • Standard
  • Enhanced Disclosure
  • Enhanced with List Checks

Standard Disclosure

A basic disclosure is just that; it gives the relevant information about an individual and whether they have any spent convictions. A spent conviction is a conviction that is no longer held as a matter of importance. These convictions - depending on the severity of them - should have been wiped from your file after ten years. Information also included is date of birth, nationality, address etc.

Enhanced Disclosure

An enhanced disclosure will show everything relating to arrests and convictions and any other information that the police or other law enforcement agencies may hold in relation to you.

Enhanced with List Checks

This will check whether someone’s included in the 2 DBS ‘barred lists’ (previously called ISA barred lists) of individuals who are unsuitable for working with children and vulnerable adults. There is also an area within the Enhanced DBS Check process where local police can add any relevant information they may hold about the applicant.

- See more at: http://www.personnelchecks.co.uk/dbs-checks/#sthash.jJQfG7dY.dpuf

It is worth mentioning that if you are being employed as a nanny, au pair or childminder by a private citizen that they have no legal obligation to approach the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a disclosure. If you are to be employed or are applying for positions where you will be answerable to a private citizen then it is your responsibility to provide them with an up to date DBS check.

If however you are being employed by a government body or large organisation then they are responsible for seeking this disclosure - after having informed you of their intent to do so - and may under law seek to gain an enhanced disclosure which will detail all offences, charges or arrests leveled against you spent or otherwise.

It is worth remembering as well that if you were cautioned by the police for whatever reason - should it even have been a caution received as a minor - this too will show up on your DBS record.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, checks carry no time limit so if you apply for a vacancy and do not get it and then apply for another position you may be asked to provide a new DBS disclosure; this is done to provide one hundred per accuracy for the following reason; you may have been awaiting arrest or conviction for an offence at the time of your previous disclosure and these will not show up so employers will tend to ask for a new disclosure if there is a significant period of time has elapsed since the last one's issue.

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Jacki - Your Question:
Caught shoplifting. No caution or conviction but police involved and store took my photo, full name and home details. I don't know for sure but I assume the police also noted my details as well as the store. I received life time band from store and year ban from the shopping centre the store was in. I need to have a enhanced DBS check carried out for a new job I applied to which involves supporting people who believe someone might have experienced abuse. I am SO worried that the information about this shoplifting situation, which happened less than a month ago will show up. Is it possible for this to show up? Does the fact this happened less than a month ago make it more of a risk of someone disclosing this information from the police about this incident?

Our Response:
It is likely this information will show up on a DBS check. The police will disclose anything they think is particularly pertinent to a recruitment decision.
WorkingWithKids - 16-Feb-17 @ 12:45 PM
Caught shoplifting. No caution or conviction but police involved and store took my photo, full name and home details. I don't know for sure but I assume the police also noted my details as well as the store. I received life time band from store and year ban from the shopping centre the store was in. I need to have a enhanced DBS check carried out for a new job I applied to which involves supporting people who believe someone might have experienced abuse. I am SO worried that the information about this shoplifting situation, which happened less than a month ago will show up. Is it possible for this to show up? Does the fact this happened less than a month ago make it more of a risk of someone disclosing this information from the police about this incident?
Jacki - 16-Feb-17 @ 4:35 AM
Jimpee - Your Question:
I was charged with assault about 7/8 years ago on a woman, I was innocent and wrongly convicted but I really want to manage my sons football team. Am I able to still do this as it's the only conviction I have ever had.

Our Response:
If you have had a conviction, then it will appear.
WorkingWithKids - 14-Feb-17 @ 12:34 PM
I was charged with assault about 7/8 years ago on a woman, I was innocent and wrongly convicted but I really want to manage my sons football team. Am I able to still do this as it's the only conviction I have ever had.
Jimpee - 13-Feb-17 @ 5:03 PM
childminder - Your Question:
I have a few convictions drink driving , shoplifiting and using offencive language to an officer from 11 years ago will that stop me being able to be a registered childminder.

Our Response:
If you want to register as a childminder then you will have to have an enhanced DBS check. As specified in the article if an enhanced disclosure is carried out it will show everything relating to arrests and convictions and any other information that the police or other law enforcement agencies may hold in relation to you.
WorkingWithKids - 10-Feb-17 @ 12:21 PM
I was 15 when I got Introuble with the police as a girl 1 year younger than me made false accusations that I attacked her there was her friends that were taking her side and managed to make a false statement stating that I had hurt her. I ended up goin to court but they never believed me as I never had any witnesses and they believed her I couldn't prove this but this girl never liked me and maybe this is why she was trying to get me in trouble. I am 16 years old now and I want to study level 3 childcare diploma but the college want a clear DBS check would I still be able to work with children because of this and what do I tell them if they ask me?
Alinah - 9-Feb-17 @ 8:49 PM
i have a few convictions drink driving , shoplifiting and using offencive language to an officer from 11 years ago will that stop me being able to be a registered childminder.
childminder - 9-Feb-17 @ 10:05 AM
I never been arrested or in trouble or had any kind of finger prints but my ex got the police around sayinhg I was harrasinhhim as he was texting me I just did sans back theytold me not to contact ever again I never have it's been 5 years would this affect me working in a care home ? Working with adults/ learning difficulties etc
Missmee2017 - 8-Feb-17 @ 9:15 PM
@meandmine - you do not have to have a DBS check to look after your own grandchildren. You would only need a DBS check if you intended to 'work' as an employee with vulnerable children and adults.
Suse - 8-Feb-17 @ 11:24 AM
i was placed on the barringof list because text messages i sent to an other adult, will this stop me looking after my grand children.
meandmine - 7-Feb-17 @ 6:13 PM
Bob1 - Your Question:
I have a few convictions one for abh and the others public order offences will that stop me been a football coach

Our Response:
It is likely these convictions would be declared on your DBS check when working with children and/or vulnerable adults. DBS checks show all convictions whether spent or unspent.
WorkingWithKids - 6-Feb-17 @ 2:19 PM
I have a few convictions one for abh and the others public order offences will that stop me been a football coach
Bob1 - 5-Feb-17 @ 11:03 PM
I worked as a TA for 5 years, but with a new Head Teacher staff left rapidly because they were being bullied. I reportedwhat I has seen to governors who did nothing but it let some of the Head Teachers friends know someone was talking. Within months I was having problems but held firm and refused to leave. I was then accused out of the blue of Rough Handling, suspended then dismissed. There was so much wrong with how it was all handled/investigated but all evidence I supplied was ignored. I was accused of rough handling by moving a boys hands on his tray to stop him spilling his food. He originally had his thumbs on the bottom and fingers on the top of the tray. I moved his hands and a week later was suspended. The school then supplied the police with the information that I had been fired for Gross Misconduct due to Rough Handling and this has been put on my DBS. Will this appear forever? Will it only be seen on enhanced checks? Will it stop me getting any jobs with children or vulnerable adults?
laura - 5-Feb-17 @ 10:47 PM
I need advice pls. I had a voluntary interview 2.5 months after social workers and police visited my home re hoarding a grief reaction after my husband died. It was referred to pps who decided not to prosecute. I have applied for volunteer positions helping with children.my question is what will have been disclosed?
Josie - 4-Feb-17 @ 5:14 PM
hi would i be allowed to work in a school as a kitchen helper.if i lost my kids due to an abusive partner the courts said i failed to protect.i was allowed to see them with no supervision but he wasnt (my husband) i have divorced him got my kids back living with me i have sole custody he still has to be supervised.my confidence is great now and would love this job so i can be with my children when they are off school on school holidays(not at the same school)and be able to pick them up from school
smithy - 27-Jan-17 @ 12:11 PM
Please does anyone know whether I can take a teachers job as my children have previously been on a child protection re emotional neglect due to being in a controlling relationship. I worked with them and no action was ever taken and our plan was dropped after 5 months as the social worker recommended we didn't need help. Any advice gratefully accepted
Hann - 23-Jan-17 @ 12:17 PM
@Aub - you can't be stopped from having biological children.
Annie - 19-Jan-17 @ 1:45 PM
hi Im waiting for an anhanced dbs check to come back, so I can become an assistant coach ,i know its going to be clear as ive never had any dealings with the police, im just wondering other than the head coach who runs the club do I have to show my certificate to anybody else ie the parents cheers
sportsmam - 18-Jan-17 @ 11:31 PM
Hi. Strange one here for you, If I get put on the DBS Barred list / list's what affect if any will this have on my future when I wish to have biological children, I know if i'm on either list I cannot adopt, just don't know about biological children ? Thank's
Aub - 18-Jan-17 @ 7:05 PM
Vic - Your Question:
Hi Does anyone know what would come up in a standard dbs check I was accused for assault which no further action was taken but im scared incase it stops me from working with adults. I'm the most caring person in the world and would never hurt anyone

Our Response:
As specified in the article if an enhanced disclosure is carried out it will show everything relating to arrests and convictions and any other information that the police or other law enforcement agencies may hold in relation to you. This means, if the police feel a matter held on your record is particularly pertinent to a recruitment decision, then it will be disclosed.
WorkingWithKids - 18-Jan-17 @ 11:01 AM
Hi Does anyone know what would come up in a standard dbs check i was accused for assault which no further action was taken but im scared incase it stops me from working with adults . i'm the most caring person in the world and would never hurt anyone
Vic - 17-Jan-17 @ 12:59 PM
My daughters Guides group has seen a prominent leader resign recently leaving just one adult to look after the group. To cover this shortfall and until a replacement 'suitable' adult can be recruited, the new leader has taken it upon herself to roster other another parent each night to supervise and help out. This has been done without prior consultation with the parents but obviously in order that the sessions don't have to be cancelled ufn. However I'm concerned as to who I'm placing the trust of my children with. What is the legal position here and do the allocated parents not have to have had police checks completed before being put into these positions of trust?
Don - 5-Jan-17 @ 8:31 AM
Hi. When my son was 15 he was going out with a girl, it turnt bitter and she reported him to the police for underage sexual activity. He was asked to go along to the police station and be interviewed. After 10 months it was all dropped as she consented to everything which happened and admitted she'd lied about certain things. If he applies for a dbs will this show up? the fact that he was interviewed etc?
Sunflower - 4-Jan-17 @ 3:09 PM
During a past relationship with an ex partner my childs father I was placed under social services under category emotional neglect due to domestic violence because of my ex partner I have always wanted to become a mid wife or work with children mainly to become a midwife this has always been my life long ambition and I am so afraid and scared ?? that being under social services has ruined my life long career to become a midwife has been completely ruined due to being under social services.i really just need to know if this really affects my future to become a midwife
lou97 - 29-Dec-16 @ 10:56 PM
@Smudge - DBS look at 'criminal' records, not previous work records - it will not be relevant if it was never a police matter. Matt.
M78 - 30-Nov-16 @ 10:13 AM
Hi, Please help - Having trouble completing an additional child safeguarding form from our local school.My wife is already DBS checked and cleared but the additional form needs a yes or no answer to the following question 'Have you ever been cautioned reprimanded given a warning for or convicted off - Any offence against or involving a person under 18? or any other relevant offence? Should a suspension from work be considered a caution even though the issue was cleared? Suspended only while an allegation was looked (over 20 years ago now) into outcome no blame/offence found. Thank you for your help
Smudge - 29-Nov-16 @ 1:54 PM
I was accused of multiple abuse charges against a child but during the course of my trial all charges were disproved.i pleaded guilty to causing unessasary suffering to the child in question because the child burned there self on an electric fire while I was tending to my six month old, is was proven to have been an accident but on my DBS the police have painted me to be an animal by listing all the accusations.Can I challenge there information?
Daz - 20-Nov-16 @ 7:00 PM
14yrs ago I was given a 12mnth suspended sentance, 12mnths rehabilitation order and 60hrs community service. This was because my daughter has sustained a greenstick fracture. I was charged with abh without intent due to the fact other factors ie: her jumping off furniture could have caused it or played a part in her injury. I recieved this conviction because I had stopped her from removing a soiled nappy and was deemed a factor in causing her injury involuntary. The judge preceding did state he didnt think I was to blame but cps and probation offered a plea of abh with probation instead of mandatory sentance and the uncertainty of Crown Court. At no point did I have my children taken away from us and was infact commended by social services on our overall care and parenting of our children. Im awaiting my dbs check so that I can help voluntary coach children in football in our community and also to go for my grassroots level 1 coaching badge. Im seriously worried that I wont be able to do this voluntary coaching due to what happened all those years ago. The Secretary of the football clubs knows my past and circumstances involved and understands what went on. But Im scared I'll lose this chance as I could be put on the barred list. I have no convictions before or since this incident. Will this help to determine if I will be on the barred list due to no other convictions and the time thats elapsed. Many thanks for taking the time to read this post and any help in the matter you may give.
Angel - 17-Nov-16 @ 12:26 AM
Adding to my previous comment... I have already had my DBS back and it was clear but this was processed just before I was asked to attend the police station. Do I tell my employer? Will the police call my employer and tell them?
Beeby - 11-Nov-16 @ 11:21 PM
Hi, I was invited to the police station today have a voluntary interview about false allegations of child abuse against myself and (mainly) my partner for an incident over a month ago which was embellished and manipulated by the angry ex wife. She has used the kids as a weapon in a 3 year ongoing access court case initiated by my partner after she stopped him from seeing them for 3 years. I start a new job at a school on Monday as a secretary. Do I tell them? Neither of us have been charged. We have been extremely honest and open that no abuse took place and given statements and we were released straight away. The detective said she is gathering evidence to give to CPS. My lawyer thinks it will be a weak case and thrown out but can the detective call my employer and tell them what's happened? I'm devastated! Help :(
Beeby - 11-Nov-16 @ 11:17 PM
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