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DBS Checks

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 20 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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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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We are a group of retired people who have formed a “not for profit” association to go into schools as volunteers and teach traditional dance. No one receives a wage but we ask for a contribution from the school to cover overheads and costs. As you can imagine, DBS testing would be a significant expense. We understood that, as school staff will be present throughout and we are only occasional visitors, we would not be required to be DBS checked. Are we correct? We seem to have conflicting information on this. If we do need DBS verification can we supply individual documents, if not would the verification have to be held by our association or some other body? Mostof our members areDBS verified with other organisations with whom they do voluntary or paid work, could these other DBS verifications be used withoutgetting a new verification? Finally, is there a time limit after which a CRB or DBS is considered out of date (I can’t find one). For instance, would an enhanced disclosure CRB issued in October 2008 be valid for presentation today?
Tradition - 20-Mar-17 @ 9:26 AM
@jan -If you are applying to work with vulnerable people - then everything will show up. Jess.
JG - 16-Mar-17 @ 12:00 PM
My children are on the child protection register , will this show up on my dbs?I'm applying for care assistant jobs ?
jan - 15-Mar-17 @ 4:03 PM
Lou - Your Question:
I have a drink driving conviction Which is 21 years old Is this not now protected? Will it show on a dbs ?

Our Response:
In addition to the information contained in this article, you can see more via the Unlock article here. Whilst your conviction may theoretically be classed as 'spent', it will show up of the police feel it is relevant to your job application. Also, you will be asked on your application form whether you have received any previous convictions which you will be required to answer.
WorkingWithKids - 13-Mar-17 @ 1:49 PM
I just got my dbs check back. It has a criminal record on it which was 13 years ago for neglet of a child but am not on the barred list. Am I still able to work with children?
Jkc140683 - 13-Mar-17 @ 9:26 AM
I want to register as a childminder but in the past social work took my children of me after I was caught drinking at home after the kids were in bed. I was not charged with anything but as my kids were taken of me and then returned am I right in thinking I will not pass the check?
blueberry - 12-Mar-17 @ 5:17 PM
I have a drink driving conviction Which is 21 years old Is this not now protected? Will it show on a dbs ?
Lou - 12-Mar-17 @ 5:08 PM
On Monday 6thmarch 17 the rspca took me to court and was convicted of animal cruelty due to ex batt chickens dying. I got a fine and understand this will be spent after a year. I work with vulnerable adults, will this show up on dbs ? I know I need to tell my employers.Just worried about losing my job etc. What does spent mean after a year or will it show up for 3 years? Any advice greatly appreciated.
Monts,tots - 9-Mar-17 @ 9:56 AM
Laura, I'm in a similar situation and this has put me off because I feel we will be considered unsuitable - safeguarding.
Vee - 8-Mar-17 @ 3:55 PM
I have a conviction for class A possession 16 years ago, I had to pay a fine , I have had crb over the years that did show my conviction but the last one I had 2 months ago didn't , can you tell me why ? Also I want to apply for a children's chaparone licence will it show up on that when I apply ? And will it be seen in the paper work I receive if I get the licence ? Thank you
Egg - 4-Mar-17 @ 5:34 PM
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
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