Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Who can ask for a DBS check
Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. Job applicants can’t do a criminal records check on themselves. Individuals can request a basic disclosure on themselves.
How long a DBS check is valid
A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is up to an employer to decide if and when a new check is needed.
Applicants and employers can use the DBS update service to keep a certificate up to date or carry out checks on a potential employee’s certificate.
Types of criminal records check
There are 3 types of check. The employer or organisation running the check should establish the level of check required by considering the applicants job role and the people they will come into contact with for example children or vulnerable adults.
DBS check applicants must be 16 or over.
Types of DBS are:
- Basic Disclosure
- Standard DBS
- Enhanced DBS
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.
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