What is a DBS?
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevents unsuitable people from working with children or other vulnerable people. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
A DBS check allows employers to see the criminal record of a potential employer or volunteer and whether their name is on the barred list- the list of people who are not allowed by law to work with vulnerable people, including children, due to criminal offences they have committed. It is against the law for employers to employ or allow someone to volunteer with children if their name is in the barred list.
DBS applicants must be 16 year old or over. Hence younger people are not allowed to be employed or to volunteer with children unsupervised by another DBS checked adult.
There are 3 types of DBS checks:
- Enhanced with a barred list check
The Enhanced with a barred list check is required for any teacher, manager, employee or volunteer who has a regular contact with children.
How to apply for DBS checks for your staff?
Step 1: Email your full name and email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link to an online application.
Step 2: Complete the online application
Step 3: Make payment (£53.20 for employees and £9.20 for volunteers)
Step 4: Send us 3 current ID
Step 4: Receive your Disclosure in the post within 4-6 weeks.
For the employer or volunteer to keep their DBS up to date and to avoid the need to renew it after a certain number of years or when switching jobs, it is advisable to register it with the Update Service. It costs an annual fee of £13 but is free for a volunteer.