How long do DBS Checks last? Our Guide

One of the biggest confusions surrounding DBS checks is how long they’re valid for. ‘ When do DBS checks expire? ’ is one of the most common questions we’re asked here at uCheck.

We’ve created this simple guide to outline the facts, so you can be more informed about the process and be able to make more knowledgeable decisions about when to request a new check.

When do DBS checks expire? The facts

Contrary to popular belief, DBS checks do not have an official expiry date. This is because the information is only completely accurate at the time the certificate is issued.

As a result, there is no specific date when that information is deemed inaccurate. Ultimately it is up to the employer who requests the DBS check to decide when a new one should be carried out.

DBS checks form an essential part of safeguarding requirements, and so it’s important to request new DBS checks at various points to ensure they’re up to date.

You’ll be able to see the date of issue on all DBS certificates, so you can determine when a new check should be requested.

When should certificates be renewed?

There is no set time period when organisations should request new DBS checks. Many companies choose to have a set policy in place to ensure consistency across the board.

These time scales can vary from every six months, to every year or every two years.

An important point to consider is whether your company is regulated by a larger regulatory body, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In these cases the regulatory bodies may have requirements in terms of how often DBS checks should be requested.

These guidelines will often form part of a regulatory body’s stipulations for companies who wish to register with them, so it’s important that companies are aware of and adhere to them – especially as they’ll form part of wider safeguarding measures.

In some cases employers will be required by law to carry out new checks of children’s/adult’s barred lists which are controlled by the DBS.

When do DBS checks expire? A summary

So, when do DBS checks expire?

As we’ve outlined, DBS checks have no official expiration date, meaning they don’t expire. Here are the key points to remember when deciding when checks should be requested:

  • As part of safeguarding measures, employers should make sure that certificates are renewed periodically.
  • All employers who are regulated by a larger body should confirm their criminal record checking policy so that they can meet the necessary standards.
  • In some cases employers may be legally required to obtain new barred list checks.

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