Need a DBS check?
Whether you’re a volunteer or paid member of staff you may need a DBS check carried out. At Dance-Training.co.uk, we offer renewals or first time standard or enhanced DBS checks for both volunteers and employed staff. See below for the requirements for a check to be carried out and also a brief outline of what information is checked for each level of criminal record checks.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
You may need a DBS if you are applying for a job or voluntary work in certain fields e.g. working with children, in healthcare or to foster/adopt a child.
DBS check applicants must be 16 or over.
The time it takes to process a DBS check depends on:
• The level of check
• If the details given for the check are correct
• What police forces need to be involved in the check
Generally, it can take around 8 weeks to get a DBS check.
A DBS will be valid for three years from date of issue.
There are four different levels of criminal record checks available:
Basic checks: These can be requested by an individual or by the employer (with the applicant’s permission) for any role. A basic check will show all unspent convictions. SAFEcic does not provide Basic checks as they are available directly from the issuing bodies Disclosure Scotland (suitable for applicants in Scotland, England and Wales) or Access NI (for applicants in Northern Ireland). This level of check is commonly referred to as a Basic CRB or DBS, however the DBS/CRB does not provide this service.
Standard checks: These are suitable for eligible roles that do not involve regular contact with children or vulnerable groups such as finance or security. A standard check will show any unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands along with any spent convictions and cautions that are not eligible for filtering.
Enhanced checks: These are suitable for eligible roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering with children, young people and/or vulnerable groups. An enhanced check will show any unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands along with any spent convictions and cautions that are not eligible for filtering. Intelligence held by the police may also be included if the Police reasonably believe it is pertinent to a recruitment decision.
Enhanced with DBS Barred List checks: These are suitable for roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering in a regulated activity with children and / or vulnerable adults. An enhanced check with DBS Barred list check will show the same information as an enhanced check along with any information held on the barred list(s) being checked.
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