DBS Stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. DBS is the name of the organisation responsible for processing applications for either a standard DBS check, enhanced check or basic check.
The formation of DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) was a result of a merger between the CRB (i.e. Criminal Records Bureau) with the ISA (i.e. Independent Safeguarding Authority) (1)
This merger that happened in 2012 created both a CRB list and barred lists.
The union’s sole purpose is to safeguard as well as protect vulnerable adults and children in different workplaces, by ensuring that a person’s criminal convictions are not overlooked by employers of these organisations.
The DBS checks usually focus on preventing unsuitable individuals from getting near vulnerable members of society. Any responsible organisation dealing with these groups of people must ensure they conduct a criminal record information.
After DBS checks, DBS certificates are issued as physical copies of an individual’s suitability for the job. They contain all their personal details and relevant information about their past.
Any prospective employer can acquire this information, which is extracted from a police national computer.
A standard DBS check usually checks for cautions, spent and unspent convictions, barred list, reprimands or final warnings.
Applicants can also be compared against the children or adults barred lists during standard DBS checks.
In most cases, the employers will initiate and pay for the DBS check cost.
There are specific jobs in which DBS checks are needed during a job application. Applicants for such positions are often required to either apply for a basic, enhanced DBS check, or a standard DBS check.
All of these provide almost the same information as the basic DBS checks, but police forces will specify the right one for specific occupations.
What happens when you lose your DBS certificate?
If you happen to lose your DBS certificate, do not worry, it is possible to get a free replacement of your DBS certificate from the DBS if you never received it. If however, you lost the certificate after already receiving it, then you will have to apply for a new one and pay the applicable fees.
How to re-order a DBS certificate
You can re-order a reprint of your standard, basic and enhanced DBS check certificate. But, the following rules apply:
You must table your reprint request within the first three months since the certificate was issued.
You must first wait at least 14 days after the issuance of your DBS certificate to request a re-print.
There must be a match between the address of reprint and the one you provided on the application form.
You must ensure that you utilize a mail redirect service in the event of moving address after processing your application.
Please note that it takes five working days for the DBS to reprint requests.
Why have I not received my DBS certificate yet?
It usually takes 5 – 7 workdays for a DBS certificate to arrive, but a DBS check will usually take around eight weeks to be completed.
The reasons for the process taking longer than that or for you not receiving the certificate on time includes:
Giving a wrong address on the application form.
Providing inaccurate or misleading information to the DBS as they usually call to verify the information.
Requesting further checks by the area police department
Losing the certificate during the posting process.
Sending the DBS check to the wrong recipient. For example, in the case of a mailbox that is shared.
Request a basic DBS check
To get a copy of your criminal record, you must apply for the Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is referred to as ‘A basic disclosure’. The cost is around £18. People working in England and Wales can be issued with it.
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