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DBS Checks

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 16 Apr 2018 | 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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Good afternoon I am currently working for a company that is in partnership with school. I have received my DBS back today and it shows a warning from when I was 13 for assault I am now 28 and have not been arrested or cautioned since could this lose me my job?
Jade - 16-Apr-18 @ 12:43 PM
Arrests don't count as anything if no further action is taken but if they are charged then it may show up because that means they have enough evidence to take it to court. I still wouldn't expect it to though and definitely a caution is only given if you are deemed guilty of something so that's very different. In any case, things showing up on a record check don't automatically disqualify you unless you are on the barred list for working with children which anyone found not guilty wouldn't be so he might have to just explain it to HR...
Ben - 3-Apr-18 @ 10:07 AM
Please can anyone help. My son was arrested at 13 due to an sexual allegation from a 12yr old. It was all dropped and not taken any further. He is now 17 at college and would love to teach Maths as a teacher. But I’m worried he won’t get a job as this arrest will show on his dbs record, is their any point in Persuing this career?
Anon - 14-Mar-18 @ 11:05 AM
I live on a holiday park and am just wondering if staff should have these checks as they are working around children. I don’t believe any have and there has been an incident recently on the park. If they should have how can I find out if any have had these checks.
whitewash - 11-Mar-18 @ 10:42 PM
hello there I would like to volunteer in school as a IT tech support but I had allegation made against me for sexual assault but I was not charged but arrested.and at end was free to go will I still be able to work in a school environment
anon - 4-Mar-18 @ 7:40 PM
Will allegations that i have made go on a dbs check
darkshadow - 13-Jan-18 @ 7:50 PM
I work at a company where the employees have been asked to apply for DBS enhanced certificates. One particular employee hasn't handed his in, making out that he hasn't received it. The employer seems reluctant to enforce apart from taking him off jobs including children. Although I am sure whatever is on the certificate will not pose him as a risk to children and vulnerable adults. If something did happen in the future, would the Directors be personally accountable through the courts as they have not chased the certificate ? Just looking for ammunition to make them see sense.
Mike68 - 12-Jan-18 @ 4:15 PM
Ria - Your Question:
I have been out if work for a number of years as a stay at home mum, I wanted to do volunteerung at tbe local school but they have asked me to get a enhanced dbs myself, as they wont apply for one,. Can anyone advise where I can get one done for myself

Our Response:
You may wish to call the customer service helpline via the gov.uk link here.
WorkingWithKids - 12-Jan-18 @ 10:52 AM
I have been out if work for a number of years as a stay at home mum, i wanted to do volunteerung at tbe local school but they have asked me to get a enhanced dbs myself, as they wont apply for one,. Can anyone advise where i can get one done for myself
Ria - 11-Jan-18 @ 2:03 PM
can i run a nursey if my brother has a sexual assault conviction? i have no contact with him btw.
elvis - 8-Jan-18 @ 9:51 PM
@Steve - As a rule, your santa does not meet the 'frequency and intensity test'To be eligible, your santa would have to be doing the same activity at least once a week, or at least four days in every 30-day period.
MacB - 8-Dec-17 @ 11:25 AM
I have just taken over a job managing a large shopping centre. The Current Operations manager grows a beard and dresses up as santa each year. No grotto. Just wonders round saying hi, hope youve been good with lots of photos taken. He also mingles with our craft workshop for kids. He doesnt have a disclosure. Does he need one. Thanks
Steve - 7-Dec-17 @ 1:29 PM
I work in a nursery but i live wuth my bug brother who has a convictuon does this mean i will lose my job
Miz - 4-Dec-17 @ 7:17 PM
sorry - Your Question:
I was changed with having a dangerous dog in public pace which I was looking after now I want to be teaching assistant and they want to do checks will this go against me 4yrs ago got given community

Our Response:
For certain roles the check will also 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.
WorkingWithKids - 30-Nov-17 @ 2:23 PM
i was changed with having a dangerousdog in public pace whichi was looking after now i want to be teaching assistant and they want to do checks will this go against me 4yrs ago got given community
sorry - 28-Nov-17 @ 6:47 PM
We are about to organise a kids fashion show, featuring kids between 6-12. Does our charity need to do DBS checks on all the volunteers supporting on the day?
Rj - 24-Nov-17 @ 11:16 AM
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
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