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Do you need to carry out a DBS Check?

From time to time you may need to carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly Criminal Record Bureau) check on existing or potential new employees.

For some jobs it is required by law that a check be carried before someone can be employed.

A check will search for an individual’s details against criminal records and other sources, including the Police National Computer. The check may reveal convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.

An employer and the concerned individual will both receive copies of the results of the search. A CRB check that shows up previous convictions is not necessarily a bar to employment. Whatever the results, the employer will have to decide whether they wish to offer employment based on the information they have received.

Carrying out a DBS Check

If the job needs a criminal record check any employer can ask for one. However, only organisations registered with the DBS can submit applications for criminal records checks.

Updates to the CRB procedures - introducing the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Effective of 1 December 2012, the procedures for criminal records checks has changed to make it easier for volunteers and recruiting organisations.

The introduction of the DBS follows last years merger between the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority, and allows volunteers to re-use their CRB checks each time they apply for a job.

The new system is called the Update Service, and allows volunteers go online to find out whether their existing check is still up to date. It is a free service for volunteers and avoids the need for individuals to apply for multiple checks when working with different organisations.