Frequently Asked Questions
What is a DBS Check?
Who needs a DBS Check?
What are the different types of Criminal Records Checks?
- Basic Disclosure
- Standard DBS Check
- Enhanced DBS Check
- Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List checks
What is a Standard DBS Check?
What are the DBS Barred Lists?
How much do DBS checks cost?
- Basic Disclosure – £31.00 – £35.00 inc VAT
- Standard DBS Check– £30.80 – £35.20 inc VAT
- Enhanced DBS Check – £48.80 – £53.20 inc VAT
How long do DBS checks take?
What’s the best way to contact the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)?
What happened to CRB Checks?
Who can request a DBS Check?
What is a Basic Disclosure?
The DBS doesn’t currently provide Basic Disclosures however, during 2017, the DBS will take over the processing of these checks for individuals in England and Wales.
What is an Enhanced DBS Check?
What is filtering?
Who pays for DBS checks?
How long do DBS Checks last?
What’s the best way to contact the Disclosure Scotland (DS)?
Can we request DBS Checks?
Are DBS Checks a legal requirement?
Can an individual start work before they receive their DBS certificate?
However, employers providing care services for adults, in a care home for example, can make use of a service called DBS Adult First. The DBS Adult First Check can be requested, at an additional cost, at the time of applying or retrospectively once the application is processing. This check can only be completed if the applicant is in a regulated activity with vulnerable adults. Within a couple of days, this check will indicate whether an applicant can start work in a supervised position (no match found), whether the potential employer should wait for the results of an Enhanced check (please wait) the certificate has already been printed. If a ‘please wait’ result comes through, it does not mean that the applicant is definitely on the Adults’ Barred List, this simply means that the check has proved inconclusive and that employers should exercise caution by waiting for the full Disclosure Certificate. DBS Adult First checks should be used only in exceptional circumstances and when absolutely necessary.
Which applicants do we need to check?
Can an applicant fail a DBS Check?
Can I sign my potential employees/volunteers up for the DBS Update Service?
Do I need a DBS Check?
What documents will I need to provide?
What will show up on my DBS Check?
An Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List Check, provides the same information as an Enhanced only level Check, but also includes any information on the Adults’ and/or Children’s Barred lists.
Can I still be employed with a criminal conviction?
What is a spent conviction?
I’ve changed addresses, can I update my certificate?
Is my employer allowed to keep my certificate?
Can I request a DBS Check for myself?
Do I need to send original copies of these documents?
As an applicant, you must obtain and provide original official documentation as per the document groups in the ID checking process. Some documents must have a certain validity for example, a UK bank statement must be issued on headed paper from the UK Bank and must be less than 3 months old. As you are signing and declaring all information submitted is correct, to the best of your knowledge, you must ensure all ID is up-to-date and confirms the information you have submitted on your application. Failure to do this may result in delays with the DBS processing the application. Details of each document group and validity information can be found here.
Who receives a copy of my DBS certificate?
What is the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974?
I’ve lost my certificate, can I get a replacement?
What is the DBS Update Service?
This enables employers and recruiters to see if a new check is required, based on whether the update service shows any of the individual’s information has changed, or if a more extensive check is required. The service also means the individual’s certificate is portable between different roles and employers within similar industries requiring the same level of checks.
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