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DBS Checks

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 7 Nov 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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Sando - Your Question:
Hi, I was charged 9 years ago with child cruelty, after domestic abuse broke at my home where my child was present. Nothing ever came of this, no follow ups from any services, I was not placed placed on any barring etc. And no problems ever since. Will this show up on a DBS check? I have had a new job offer which needs one, do I open up to the employer? I am stuck in what to do best. Thanks

Our Response:
For certain roles a DBS check will include information held on the DBS children and adults’ barred lists, together with any information held by police forces that is reasonably considered to be relevant to the applied for post. You can see more how to fill out the form here. The Data Protection Act gives you the right to find out what personal information the UK criminal justice system, including police forces, might hold about you, please see link here.
WorkingWithKids - 10-Nov-17 @ 12:17 PM
Hi, I was charged 9 years ago with child cruelty, after domestic abuse broke at my home where my child was present. Nothing ever came of this, no follow ups from any services, I was not placed placed on any barring etc. And no problems ever since. Will this show up on a DBS check? I have had a new job offer which needs one, do I open up to the employer? I am stuck in what to do best. Thanks
Sando - 7-Nov-17 @ 2:07 PM
@JNG - it could if you live with your close relative.
FPascc - 6-Nov-17 @ 12:36 PM
HiI currently work with children and have no criminal record myself, but have a very close relative on the sex offenders register would that affect my job ?
JNG - 4-Nov-17 @ 3:34 PM
I had a caution for theft in 2006 will this go against me during a TA interview
Cat - 2-Nov-17 @ 4:33 PM
Hi, there is a pizza place that is going to a junior chef programme, i was just wondering if for them to do this do they need a police check done and child protection training.
Cusie - 20-Oct-17 @ 9:43 AM
@janey - I'd report this as if you are working with vulnerable adults or children, as the company has to do a check by law.
Amy\gh - 17-Oct-17 @ 3:36 PM
I have been working for a company who stated they had a completed and clear DBS check which they had requested from DBS, however after deciding to leave I checked with DBS and no application had been made by the company. Where do I stand with this I am thinking of contacting Ofsted as this is a serious breach of safeguarding.
janey - 13-Oct-17 @ 1:32 PM
Emma - Your Question:
Hi,After years of working in care and re training I am working as a teaching assistant for a council agency, I've been for an interview for a different agency to try and make up my work hours and they have said depending on refs, DBS ect. for the first time for me I have been asked to fully pay for the DBS without a guarantee of hors and without it being paid back after a length of time or such. I know passing the DBS will not be a problem as I've had so many over the years, I was going to personally apply to have the police check but the agency have said I must have it through them and pay to them or I wouldn't be able to work for the company, this doesn't quite sit right with me and I was wondering if that's right or if I completed a DBS myself that should sufficient.Thanks

Our Response:
There is no law which states that employers have to pay for your DBS check, especially if it an agency. The agency should specify their own process through the terms and conditions of any contract you may sign. If you find you may be moving to different jobs or registering with different agencies, you can register with the DBS update service. For £13 per year, this means applicants to keep their DBS certificates up to date and employers to check your DBS certificate directly, please see link here . I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 13-Oct-17 @ 9:49 AM
Hi, After years of working in care and re training I am working as a teaching assistant for a council agency, I've been for an interview for a different agency to try and make up my work hours and they have said depending on refs, DBS ect.for the first time for me I have been asked to fully pay for the DBS without a guarantee of hors and without it being paid back after a length of time or such. I know passing the DBS will not be a problem as I've had so many over the years, I was going to personally apply to have the police check but the agency have said I must have it through them and pay to them or I wouldn't be able to work for the company, this doesn't quite sit right with me and I was wondering if that's right or if I completed a DBS myself that should sufficient. Thanks
Emma - 12-Oct-17 @ 9:27 AM
Please help! Social services have been involved with my family and my children put on a child in need plan after my daughter made a false allegation. Will this show on a DBS?
Kezza - 9-Oct-17 @ 12:57 PM
Clary - Your Question:
Hi 4 years ago a friend got wrongingly charged with GBH without intent didnt go to jail tho. Couple of weeks later all charges got dropped will that be on her CRB check as she has applied to work in care industry.

Our Response:
Before including non-conviction information on a person's DBS certificate, the police must ‘reasonably believe’ that the information is relevant and that it ought to be disclosed. Your friend could make a subject access request to the police to find out what information they hold about them, please see link here .
WorkingWithKids - 9-Oct-17 @ 10:52 AM
Hi 4 years ago a friend got wrongingly charged with GBH without intent didnt go to jail tho. Couple of weeks later all charges got dropped will that be on her CRB check as she has applied to work in care industry.
Clary - 8-Oct-17 @ 12:35 PM
@Lola- yes it does. Common assualt will not be filtered and will show up on any DBS check.
Ali56 - 6-Oct-17 @ 3:53 PM
I have common assault on my record from 4 years ago and recently 1 year ago, I have recently applied for a school and an enhanced check is being carried out. Does this affect my chances?
Lola - 6-Oct-17 @ 12:35 AM
Hi I am looking to rent a room in my house to help with the bills. I have two young children does the person need an enhanced dbs check
Sar - 27-Sep-17 @ 7:41 PM
K - Your Question:
HiI have been fostering for 16years But recently I was shopping and I found out my dad had a quadruple heart bypass ,I panicked and walked out of shop without paying for it. Very minor not intentionally but I got a caution will that effect my DBS or me fostering

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here , which should tell you all you need to know.
WorkingWithKids - 22-Sep-17 @ 2:43 PM
I was wrongfully accused of sexual assault with an underage teenager who despite requests from the police refused to withdraw the allegation. I was subsequently forced to stand trial during which my accuser was forced to admit she had been lying. It eventually went to a jury who after a short deliberation unanimously returned a not guilty verdict. Will this show on my DBS record?
claude - 22-Sep-17 @ 12:31 PM
Hi I have been fostering for 16years But recently i was shopping and i found out my dad had a quadruple heart bypass ,I panicked and walked out of shop without paying for it. Very minor not intentionally but i got a caution will that effect my DBS or me fostering
K - 19-Sep-17 @ 11:24 AM
Hi there I was stopped and searched/cautioned? during the London 2012 Olympics for taking photos of defence measures and the back of Greenwich Park. I'm a filmmaker and wanted to use guerilla-style photos/video in my film. I'm currently looking to shoot a film with children in it and want to be able to show a clean DBS check so that people don't dismiss me when I wish to work with children. Does anyone have any advice?
PhotographerNotaTerr - 18-Sep-17 @ 9:10 PM
Mart - Your Question:
Hi,If a grand parent is being paid via a direct payment to care for their grandchild do they still require a DBS check

Our Response:
If you are being officially employed to care for your grandchild, please see link here which will explain more. You can only check someone else’s criminal record when they apply for certain roles, for example in healthcare or childcare.
WorkingWithKids - 18-Sep-17 @ 10:32 AM
Hi, If a grand parent is being paid via a direct payment to care for their grandchild do they still require a DBS check
Mart - 15-Sep-17 @ 11:31 AM
Hi, are any of the people writing stuff here actually genuinely going to be considered for roles working with children or vulnerable adults? Because if so, I want to move to Mars. PS: How long does it take to get to Mars?
AlexDevlin - 8-Sep-17 @ 12:42 PM
I had 2 police interviews when I was 15 for shop lifting an ecig liquid and bumping into a women in which case she said I assaulted her would this affect me being able to work with venerable adults. I am 17 now ??
Josh160300 - 6-Sep-17 @ 12:30 AM
I am going to become a boxing trainer and I was arrested for grooming but after non it was a mistake I got my name cleared and no further action no court no nothing will this show gonna police check
James - 29-Aug-17 @ 11:50 PM
I was 15 when i had assaulted another girl because of flashbacks of bad situations before will this stop me from working with children and getting into a childcare course??
Hel - 24-Aug-17 @ 2:19 AM
Hi , I work in school dinners , I have been told I don't need a disclosure because I start after 9.00 am, is this true?
Jack - 18-Aug-17 @ 5:37 PM
If my boyfriend has a criminal record will this effect my chanves of getting an admin role in a school? I have A DBS with no previous convictions at all but i am worried someone may know him and mention the charges
sarah123 - 10-Aug-17 @ 12:10 PM
Hi my daughter has gone into temp foster care section 20 hasn't gone to court was voluntary agreement will this show on enhanced dbs
Kimbo - 9-Aug-17 @ 9:04 PM
Good Afternoon, My daughter has applied for a job at a Montessori School, Her children were taken off her 3 years ago and my sister has a SGO and looks after my grand children. My daughter was never convicted or cautioned of anything and sees her children on a regular basis. Would anything show up on a DBS check, as she has tried so hard to get a job and if she does she can apply to revoke the SGO. Thanks
Maj - 2-Aug-17 @ 2:46 PM
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