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DBS Checks

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 20 Jul 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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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
Poppy - Your Question:
Hi I have gone for a job in care which I already do with too other jobs had a dbs check done in December and came back clear.had a call from new job and they said it's been flagged and I have to wait for document to come In post then show them.i don't understand as it was clear in December and have no convictions or anything since last one ? There was an incedent with a neighbour who got into our house drunk trying to fight with my partner the police and ambulance were called and no statements or anything were taken and nothing more was said or done about it I just don't understand why it's been flagged ? And could it still come back clear even tho it's been flagged up ? I've been googling alsorts and it's driving me crazy !!! Please if anyone can help me as I'm just waiting for document to come I'm the post.my partner does have a criminal record would that show up and maybe that's why it's been flagged up ? But I thought it was just based on myself it is an enhanced dbs ? Thank you

Our Response:
You can see more via the Unlock link here which talks about disqualification by association.
WorkingWithKids - 26-Jun-17 @ 2:39 PM
I have applied for a job as a teaching assistant. They are waiting for my dbs to come back.I have never had any convictions or any thing so it should be clear. However my dad is on the sex offender register. Will that show up on my check? I don't see him and have not lived at same address for over 20 years. Also I havea bad credit history. Will that affect my check? Thanks
Stusbabe - 26-Jun-17 @ 12:25 PM
Hi I have gone for a job in care which I already do with too other jobs had a dbs check done in December and came back clear.had a call from new job and they said it's been flagged and I have to wait for document to come In post then show them.i don't understand as it was clear in December and have no convictions or anything since last one ? There was an incedent with a neighbour who got into our house drunk trying to fight with my partner the police and ambulance were called and no statements or anything were taken and nothing more was said or done about it I just don't understand why it's been flagged ? And could it still come back clear even tho it's been flagged up ? I've been googling alsorts and it's driving me crazy !!! Please if anyone can help me as I'm just waiting for document to come I'm the post.my partner does have a criminal record would that show up and maybe that's why it's been flagged up ? But I thought it was just based on myself it is an enhanced dbs ? Thank you
Poppy - 25-Jun-17 @ 8:33 AM
@Nevjohn - if it's on your record and the police think it is relevant to the position, then it will come up.
EmmaI - 20-Jun-17 @ 2:02 PM
I have a conviction for abh when i was 18 some 35 years years ago and recently investigated for histrical sex abuse which was proved wrong and no further action taken by police after investigation i have bee asked to become a youth leader will a dbs check bring all this up and in turn stop me from being a leader
Nevjohn - 19-Jun-17 @ 5:57 PM
Hi, I was convicted of benefit fraud in 2004, and received one year suspended prison sentence. I want to work in a retirement home and will need an enhanced dbs. which I will have to pay for, will this conviction show up on it, as if it will i will be unable to take the job.
Bri - 12-Jun-17 @ 7:19 PM
Hello, I'm about to start working with children through teaching guitar privately. I was just wondering is the standard disclosure fine or should I apply for one of the others. Thanks a lot.
Ant - 12-Jun-17 @ 6:35 PM
Lia - Your Question:
My husband got a simple caution will affect my DBS I am applying for NHS. Many thanks.

Our Response:
Employees don’t have to disclose spent convictions or cautions of those that live or work in the same household as them, please see link here.
WorkingWithKids - 12-Jun-17 @ 1:51 PM
My husband got a simple caution will affect my DBS I am applying for NHS. Many thanks.
Lia - 10-Jun-17 @ 6:52 PM
Two years ago I slapped my toddler son's face as he was attacking his 10 week old sister with a seat belt strap. I disclosed this to a health visitor who reported me to the police who then cautioned me for Gbh. Two years on my husband has volunteered at the school and the safeguarding forms have asked if he/anyone he lives with has ever received a caution/conviction for crimes against a child. Will the school refuse his application if he discloses this to them? If he doesn't disclose it will it flag up on his dbs check?
Lou - 6-Jun-17 @ 8:52 PM
I was prosecuted for benefit fraud in 2004 and did 40 hours community service I have been offered a job as a carer working with clients in there own home will it show up on a dbs in 2011 it showed up on a crb because the confiction is more than 11 yrs ago will it automatically be wiped off or will it still show up thanks
Shaz - 6-Jun-17 @ 10:03 AM
Arnold1234 - Your Question:
I was convicted of benefit fraud in 2014, and got a 6 month sespended sentence which is now spent. Will it show up on a crb check as I want to be a hoast for foreign school children. If so does it show that it's fraud and not anything to do with children?

Our Response:
It will show up on a DBS check. A standard DBS check will show details of spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings held on police records. Enhanced DBS checks show the same information as standard checks, plus any additional information held by local police considered relevant to the role you are applying for. Please also see link here which tells you when a sentence has been 'spent'.
WorkingWithKids - 30-May-17 @ 12:14 PM
I was convicted of benefit fraud in 2014, and got a 6 month sespended sentence which is now spent. Will it show up on a crb check as I want to be a hoast for foreign school children. If so does it show that it's fraud and not anything to do with children?
Arnold1234 - 29-May-17 @ 5:35 PM
I got caught shop lifting I was told to pay for the items and banned for 2 yrs.. No police were involved will this show up on any checks? Thanks
Stevy - 12-May-17 @ 10:52 PM
If I got caught shoplifting and the police were not involved I was asked to pay for the items and told to leave and banned from the shop for 2 yrs will this show on any checks
Stevy - 12-May-17 @ 10:51 PM
@Char - if your sis received a caution and she is applying for a job with kids then it will show up, even if it is spent.
Libby - 9-May-17 @ 10:19 AM
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