Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
In today’s world an effective recruitment checking process is becoming more important to all types of organisations.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (previously the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) now provides a facility for organisations and employers to check the backgrounds of employees, potential employees and volunteers.
Checks, now replacing what became known as ‘Police checks’ are known as Disclosure, and were introduced by the Police Act 1997. Currently two levels of Disclosure, Standard or Enhanced, are available from the DBS, the level available being dependant on the role to be undertaken.
Generally the Disclosure service may be used:
- If an organisation has a duty of care to protect children or vulnerable adults from harm.
- If an organisation is contractually obliged to supply staff who have undergone the necessary recruitment checks to work with children in a regulated position.
- If the organisation is a regulated childcare organisation.
- If an organisation needs to strengthen its market position by providing an extra level of service to its customers and demonstrate its commitment and responsibility to child protection or the protection of vulnerable adults.
- If an organisation recruits persons into positions as specified in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order. These include occupations such as accountants, dentists, nurses, teachers, opticians, osteopaths, lawyers, care services involving vulnerable adults and certain security positions, amongst others.
To gain access to the information and use either Standard or Enhanced Disclosure the requesting organisation must either be registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service or use the services of an Umbrella Body.
NDF Associates is registered as an Umbrella Body and currently assists a client base of over 100 organisations entitled to information from the DBS.
Further details can be obtained by following our links to The DBS.
For an administration fee of just £18 (discount available for multiples) we will guide you through the process.
- Advise on, and provide, the necessary policies to satisfy the requirements of the DBS.
- Obtain the application forms.
- Advise and assist with the identification process and completion of the application forms.
- Check, countersign and submit the applications.
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