What are DBS Checks?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was formed after the merge of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) as a means for employers to make informed and safe recruitment decisions. There are three different levels of disclosure.
Basic Disclosure– A Basic DBS is a check for any unspent convictions or conditional cautions on an applicant’s criminal history. This is a check that an applicant can apply for themselves and present to an employer.
Standard Disclosure– A Standard DBS searches an applicant’s criminal history to identify any convictions, both spent and unspent, cautions, warnings and reprimands. This check can only be carried out by an employer for an employee.
Enhanced Disclosure– An enhanced DBS also checks for an applicant’s criminal history for convictions, both spent and unspent, cautions, warnings and reprimands. However, it also searches the children and vulnerable adults ‘barred lists’ to see if the applicant is barred from working with those groups. There is also an area where local police can add any relevant information they may hold. This check can only be carried out by an employer for an employee.
People employed as care and support workers who provide personal care to vulnerable groups are eligible for an Enhanced Disclosure check and can request barred list checks that are relevant to the vulnerable groups they work with.
For further information see: https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20171218_100646_Disclosure_and_Barring_Service_checks_guidance_v6.pdf
Coming soon– We are currently registering as an umbrella body and will be able to offer application processing. This will be discounted for our members.