UK Disclosure and Barring service DBS checks

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service or DBS checks

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What is a DBS Check?

DBS ChecksIt is a check of an individual’s criminal convictions and cations performed by the Disclosure and Barring Service. There are 3 levels of checks that can be done. The nature of the job been applied for, will determine the level of check carried out. These are particularly important when people will be working with children or vulnerable adults.

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.

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. If the day after a DBS check is performed the  Government updates somebody’s record with new convictions then the disclosure is immediately inaccurate.  Different job sectors may decide to redo the check at certain intervals to ensure the information they have on their employees is as accurate as possible

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.

What are the 3 types of DBS checks?

There are 3 types of DBS check. The employer or organisation running the check should establish the level of check required by considering the applicant’s 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 checks are:

Basic DBS

This is the only type of DBS check you can perform on yourself. This gives the least amount of detail of the 3 different dbs checks. Anyone can pay for this report and it only details your unspent criminal record. By “SPENT” we mean criminal offenses that are no longer viewable. While serious offenses never get spent minor offenses that happened when people were young can disappear from reports like this within a few years. This all relates to rehabilitation law.

Standard DBS

Who needs this check is laid down by the Government. If your job is not on the list it is actually illegal for an employer to request a standard DBS check on you. People working in financial services, the courts, or other roles of responsibility typically need to get this check done. Needless to say, this is a more detailed check then Basic DBS. It will look at spent as well as unspent convictions.

Enhanced DBS

It makes sense that people working in the most sensitive jobs undergo the most rigorous checks.  Enhanced DBS is that check. An example of its implementation would be for people who are working with children or vulnerable adults. This is the most detailed DBS check. All relevant convictions and cautions on the police systems are included as well as police intelligence. Somebody who had been in the frame for multiple robberies but who was never convicted due to a lack of evidence might have this information included if they were applying for a job as a locksmith.

Included in Enhanced DBS checks is a search of Barred Lists. Barred Lists are registers of people who are barred from taking certain jobs. If you are on a barred list it is illegal for somebody to employ you for that role.

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

It can take around 48 – 72 hours to get a DBS check.

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CheckBack International have made the whole process of screening security operatives and employees so much easier and quicker

Ailie Elliott

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Ailie Elliott

CheckBack International have made the whole process of screening security operatives and employees so much easier and quicker
“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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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”
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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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
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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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.
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

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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!
“Having worked alongside VSC on pre-employment background checks 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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2018-01-18T11:17:15+00:00

Jo Donnelly, HR Coordinator, STANLEY Security, GB

“Having worked alongside VSC on pre-employment background checks 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
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

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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.
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