CODES OF PRACTICE & POLICIES As an official Registered Organisation (for Basics) and Responsible Body (for Standard and Enhanced) we are legally obliged to follow the DBS Code of Conduct and adhere to its privacy policies. DBS Code of Practice DBS Privacy Policies This also applies to carrying out checks via AccessNI and Disclosure Scotland for applicants in Northern Ireland
DBS checks don’t have an expiry date. The government advice says this: There is no official expiry date for a criminal record check issued by DBS. Any information revealed on a DBS certificate will be accurate at the time the certificate was issued. You should check the ‘date of issue’ on a certificate to decide whether to request a newer
IMPORTANT UPDATE about digital ID validation technology (IDVT): The temporary rules for checking ID and current address documents remotely will expire on September 30 (inclusive) 2022. This means if employers want to continue checking ID documents remotely, you’ll need to use digital ID validation technology – otherwise you will need to revert to checking original ID documents in person again.
A Basic DBS can usually be completed within a couple of days of being submitted to the DBS, sometimes even the same day. Standard and Enhanced checks will take longer because we need to countersign the application to make sure that it is a valid application. Typically though, they can still be completed within 5 – 10 days after we
The Disclosure & Barring Service always sends the paper certificate once the criminal record check is complete. They will post it to the applicant’s address listed in the application form, or to their employer (or potential employer). Where they send it depends on where the applicant indicated it should be sent in the application form. Staffvetting.com never send out the
What information is disclosed on a DBS check? A Basic DBS check will contain details of convictions and conditional cautions considered to be ‘unspent’ under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 aims to give those with convictions or cautions the chance – in certain circumstances – to wipe the slate clean
In certain exceptional and rare cases, it may be necessary for an applicant to provide fingerprints as proof of their ID. This process can take an undefinable period of time to complete so we only advise taking this route if routes 1, 2 or 3 are absolutely impossible. If fingerprinting is the only possible route, we will send a paper application to
DBS paper certificates The DBS always post the paper certificates directly to the sponsor or the applicant. They will send Basic certificates to the sponsor’s address if this is the address listed on the application, otherwise it will always go to the applicant’s address listed in the application. The applicant is the person who the check was carried out on.
You can raise a dispute directly with the DBS using your online DBS account. You need to do that within 3 months of the date of the certificate. You can raise a dispute about the content of your basic certificate if any of the following apply: personal information is incorrect, such as a name or place of birth incorrect information regarding