dbs

What is DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check?

From February 2013 CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) becameDisclosure and Baring Service. Therefore, CRB Check became DBS Check. DBS Check represents a personal record check in the UK. Most employers require the employees to have DBS Check (CRB called in the past) to ensure they meet the legal standards required for the job they apply for.

When is the DBS Check required?

A DBS Check is required in the following situations:

  • applying for a job that involves caring for children, the elderly or people with disabilities;
  • applying for a job in Security Sector;
  • signing up as a student to a College or University.

What are the DBS Check types?

There are 3 types of DBS Check:

Basic DBS Check (Disclosure Scotland) – involves a broad background check available to all persons, regardless of their profession or position they apply for.

Standard DBS Check – is required for jobs involving taking care of children or adults having a vulnerable position. The report contains details of all convictions, prohibitions and warnings issued to the person concerned (if any). The Standard DBS Check can also be required in the legal and accounting fields of work.

Enhanced DBS Check – involves a high level of verification. To obtain information on the criminal history of the person concerned, several state institutions (Local Police, National Police, Department for Education and Skills, Department of Health) are contacted.is required for jobs involving taking care of children or adults having a vulnerable position. An Enhanced DBS may also be issued when judicial audience is required.

How long does a DBS Check take?

Basic DBS Check (Disclosure Scotland) – up to 10 working days

Standard DBS Check – up to 14 working days

Enhanced DBS Check – between 14 and 21 working days

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