UK Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) checks

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.

Heres what our clients are saying

I just checked status of our first candidate on your system. Very impressed, exactly what I was looking for. Makes the previous company look like they are in the dark ages!

Gary Docherty Director, Recruitment Services, Goodacre Limited

The Vetting Solutions Centre
5.0
2018-01-12T11:17:13+00:00

Gary Docherty Director, Recruitment Services, Goodacre Limited

I just checked status of our first candidate on your system. Very impressed, exactly what I was looking for. Makes the previous company look like they are in the dark ages!
Our company have been using VSC for a number of years, the friendly and professional service we consistently receive from them is excellent. The service they provide is quick, efficient and the screening checks are tailored to our specific needs, which is exactly what our company was looking for to cover our BS7858 security vetting requirements. VSC provide a really personal service, for example, if things at first appearance don’t seem right they’ll call and ask for additional information and evidence rather than take the easy option of simply “failing”, the vetting, which was our experience of previous companies. Their completed screening reports are easy to read and well presented. We would have no hesitation in recommending VSC to other companies.

Gary Dudley, Chroma Vigilant

The Vetting Solutions Centre
5.0
2018-01-12T11:22:08+00:00

Gary Dudley, Chroma Vigilant

Our company have been using VSC for a number of years, the friendly and professional service we consistently receive from them is excellent. The service they provide is quick, efficient and the screening checks are tailored to our specific needs, which is exactly what our company was looking for to cover our BS7858 security vetting requirements. VSC provide a really personal service, for example, if things at first appearance don’t seem right they’ll call and ask for additional information and evidence rather than take the easy option of simply “failing”, the vetting, which was our experience of previous companies. Their completed screening reports are easy to read and well presented. We would have no hesitation in recommending VSC to other companies.
Thanks for this, This has already proven to be so much more efficient than the F20 form! I really value all of your help as well as that of the screening team.   The compliance team and myself are extremely happy to be working with Checkback International.
Thanks again! Best, Katie Hind

Katie Hind,  International Candidate Manager, Prospero Teaching

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5.0
2018-01-18T15:23:04+00:00

Katie Hind,  International Candidate Manager, Prospero Teaching

Thanks for this, This has already proven to be so much more efficient than the F20 form! I really value all of your help as well as that of the screening team.   The compliance team and myself are extremely happy to be working with Checkback International. Thanks again! Best, Katie Hind
“Checkback vetting team are hands-on with client and candidate to ensure smooth screening process throughout. I have used the team for various comprehensive screening (UK and International) which have all been completed successfully. Checkback also offer a tailored service according to our specifications for screening which is very much driven by end client User friendly online portal to operate for the screening We receive Regular status updates on the vetting per candidate which in turn helps us provide our client with a clear outline of when we can expect the report to be concluded. At Cloudstream; we are very satisfied customers and always refer to Checkback as our screening partner”

Bhavna Dooman | Global Procurement Manager

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5.0
2018-01-18T11:46:25+00:00

Bhavna Dooman | Global Procurement Manager

“Checkback vetting team are hands-on with client and candidate to ensure smooth screening process throughout. I have used the team for various comprehensive screening (UK and International) which have all been completed successfully. Checkback also offer a tailored service according to our specifications for screening which is very much driven by end client User friendly online portal to operate for the screening We receive Regular status updates on the vetting per candidate which in turn helps us provide our client with a clear outline of when we can expect the report to be concluded. At Cloudstream; we are very satisfied customers and always refer to Checkback as our screening partner”
“Having worked alongside VSC on security vetting for my company since June 2017, I have found them professional, friendly, informative and a team I enjoy communicating and working with. Each query or issue has been answered or resolved quickly and efficiently. Each team member greets you on the phone and is personable and approachable, I don’t even need to explain which company I’m from! A fabulous team to work with.”
Kind Regards, Jo Donnelly

Jo Donnelly, HR Coordinator, STANLEY Security, GB

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5.0
2018-01-18T11:17:15+00:00

Jo Donnelly, HR Coordinator, STANLEY Security, GB

“Having worked alongside VSC on security vetting for my company since June 2017, I have found them professional, friendly, informative and a team I enjoy communicating and working with. Each query or issue has been answered or resolved quickly and efficiently. Each team member greets you on the phone and is personable and approachable, I don’t even need to explain which company I’m from! A fabulous team to work with.” Kind Regards, Jo Donnelly
CheckBack International have made the whole process of screening security operatives and employees so much easier and quicker

Ailie Elliott

The Vetting Solutions Centre
5.0
2018-01-12T11:24:34+00:00

Ailie Elliott

CheckBack International have made the whole process of screening security operatives and employees so much easier and quicker
I’ve used CheckBack International for security screening on behalf of my clients for nearly a year. I can’t even begin to explain how much simpler the whole process is now, in comparison to doing this in-house. I’ve had the privilege of dealing with Joey personally on several occasions, as well as the VERY competent Nicola Beels in the UK office. My clients in the security industry are safe in the knowledge that they are fully compliant with standards, through the use of CheckBack. I’m happy to recommend Joey and his team at CheckBack.
The Vetting Solutions Centre
5.0
2018-01-12T11:29:17+00:00
I’ve used CheckBack International for security screening on behalf of my clients for nearly a year. I can’t even begin to explain how much simpler the whole process is now, in comparison to doing this in-house. I’ve had the privilege of dealing with Joey personally on several occasions, as well as the VERY competent Nicola Beels in the UK office. My clients in the security industry are safe in the knowledge that they are fully compliant with standards, through the use of CheckBack. I’m happy to recommend Joey and his team at CheckBack.
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