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DBS Checks

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 22 Sep 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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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
I've just got a job as an adult support worker, I lost my 2 eldest children due to my mental health when they were tiny, but I have my youngest living with me, will it show on my dbs?
t0n126 - 1-Aug-17 @ 5:48 PM
Hi I have just been charged with indecent images of a 15 year old from a dating app, I was unaware that they where under the age as it was and 18+ dating site. I currently work in a care home as a chef, but after I am charged discloser scotland will contact my work. Do you think I would lose my job over this as it is the elderly I am working with and not children? Thanks
Gs - 31-Jul-17 @ 2:52 PM
Andy - Your Question:
I was convicted of Abh whilst working on the doors way back in 2003 does this Barr me from working with children now

Our Response:
You can see the list of offences that will never be filtered from a DBS certificate via the link here.
WorkingWithKids - 21-Jul-17 @ 11:55 AM
I was convicted of Abh whilst working on the doors way back in 2003 does this Barr me from working with children now
Andy - 20-Jul-17 @ 5:20 PM
Tommy- Your Question:
Hi. I was accused of going to bed with a girl under the age of 16 when I was about 21. She was 15. I had to go to police station and they asked me about it but then told me that she had admitted making it all up. I am now 53 and have not been in trouble since. I work sometimes as a cleaner and about 10 years or so ago worked in a school and they said they had done a check on me and said I would have to give that job up and do a non school job. Would that false accusation still be on record as it has on a few occasions lost me work and I have done nothing wrong.

Our Response:
If you are applying to work with children or vulnerable adults then the police will reveal anything on your record as part of your DBS check if it feels it is necessary for your prospective employer to know. Plus, if it thinks it is relevant to the job you are applying for.
WorkingWithKids - 18-Jul-17 @ 2:56 PM
Hi. I was accused of going to bed with a girl under the age of 16 when I was about 21. She was 15 . I had to go to police station and they asked me about it but then told me that she had admitted making it all up . I am now 53 and have not been in trouble since . I work sometimes as a cleaner and about 10 years or so ago worked in a school and they said they had done a check on me and said I would have to give that job up and do a non school job . Would that false accusation still be on record as it has on a few occasions lost me work and I have done nothing wrong.
Tommy - 18-Jul-17 @ 2:00 PM
Hi, My daughter got involved in a wrong crowd when she was 14 years old, she went missing twice and the police had to find her to bring her home, to my knowledge she was never actually arrested, although they did also think that she was in early stages of being groomed or vulnerable to it. She has thankfully snapped out of that and has recently applied for an apprentice role at a nursery, is this information likely to be shown and if so, in your professional opinion would it be likely to cause the nursery concern with regards to taking her on?
Eagon - 18-Jul-17 @ 12:37 PM
Berna666 - Your Question:
I have recently been successful in getting a role working with kids however my DBS has come back with 3 previous convictions (possession of a bladed article, robbery & fraud) the last one being in 2012 when I was 16. However I worked for a year (2015-2016) as a Nanny in which I didn't need a DBS check and also have an amazing reference from my previous employer. What are my chances of getting this new job?

Our Response:
It is unlikely you will be allowed to work with children if your DBS check has been returned with such convictions. Any official body who employs people to work with children have to cover themselves and protect the children in their care by ensuring all employees are DBS checked. As specified in the article, if you were being employed as a nanny, au pair or childminder by a private citizen, your employer has no legal obligation to approach the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a disclosure.
WorkingWithKids - 18-Jul-17 @ 12:35 PM
I have recently been successful in getting a role working with kids however my DBS has come back with 3 previous convictions (possession of a bladed article, robbery & fraud)the last one being in 2012 when I was 16. However I worked for a year (2015-2016) as a Nanny in which I didn't need a DBS check and also have an amazing reference from my previous employer. What are my chances of getting this new job?
Berna666 - 17-Jul-17 @ 7:20 PM
concorde - Your Question:
I want to work with special needs kids but in 2003 I was wrongly convicted and jailed for gbh on a child. my wife at the time had set me up as she was having an affair with my mate. he had bruises on him but these were caused by her partner. would that go against me and also benifit overpayment. I really want to do this but need some advice

Our Response:
If you were charged with and jailed for GBH on a child then this will never be filtered. You can see the list via the gov.uk link here .
WorkingWithKids - 13-Jul-17 @ 2:03 PM
i want to work with special needs kids but in 2003 i was wrongly convicted and jailed for gbh on a child. my wife at the time had set me up as she was having an affair with my mate. he had bruises on him but these were caused by her partner. would that go against me and also benifit overpayment. i really want to do this but need some advice
concorde - 12-Jul-17 @ 2:10 PM
Hi I was convicted of benefit fraud clearly because they thought I was spending the rent as the landlord was my brother but I wasn't spending the rent but still it went to court I got a job as carer and my dbs check was clear I then applied for another job I didn't disclose the benefit fraud as I was told it was civil matter not a police matter but now they have withdrawn the job offer as my dbs showed up there convictions im gutted and they didn't show up on last one .
Shana - 11-Jul-17 @ 1:20 PM
Dan98 - Your Question:
Hello, back in January I had an altercation with my mum when I was having a rough time she hit me and I hit her the police were called and my mum told them her story and I told them mine I wasn't cautioned or convicted but they said this information would go on local records will this stop me working with kids I'm so stressed about it ??

Our Response:
This will be held on your police record. If you are applying to work with children or vulnerable adults then the police will reveal this as part of your DBS check if it feels it is necessary for your prospective employer to know, and if it thinks it is relevant to the job you are applying for.
WorkingWithKids - 3-Jul-17 @ 11:58 AM
@Gillyflower21 - if it's noted on your son's police record that he was arrested and the police deems it relevant (which it will, if he is trying to work with young children) then it will show up.
Mil - 3-Jul-17 @ 11:25 AM
Hello, back in January I had an altercation with my mum when I was having a rough time she hit me and I hit her the police were called and my mum told them her story and I told them mine I wasn't cautioned or convicted but they said this information would go on local records will this stop me working with kids I'm so stressed about it ??
Dan98 - 2-Jul-17 @ 6:57 PM
My son's were falsely accused of sexual abuse when aged 19 and 18. One is applying for DBS as wants to work with scouts and cubs. The police dropped the investigations due to no available evidence.Will this showup on the DBS?Thanks
Gillyflower21 - 2-Jul-17 @ 3:39 PM
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