DBS Application & DBS Update
On 1 December 2012 a new body called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) came into effect. This resulted from a merger of the CRB and ISA. In May 2013, further changes were announced.
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CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS IN ENGLAND - DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICES (DBS)
DBS Update FAQs
From 17 June 2013 candidates can subscribe to the Update Service when they apply for a new DBS (previously CRB) certificate. The Update Service will keep their DBS certificate up to date.
Shortly after the Government came into power, it committed to scaling back the criminal records and barring system – to continue to protect people in vulnerable circumstances but to reduce some of the burden on employers by making the system more proportionate.
The services provided will not change, but they will be provided by one organisation rather than two. Contact details for the DBS are available from the Home Office website.
Once subscribed the individual can then take their DBS Certificate with them from role to role where the same level and type of check are required.
There will be a £13 annual subscription fee for the Update Service.
After 17 June 2013 when you next update your DBS (previously CRB) disclosure certificate, you will have 30 days from the date of issue of the certificate to register for the Update Service. www.gov.uk/dbs
****Please check the DBS Update website to verify the timeframe
Due to changes in legislation as from 29 May 2013, the DBS will be removing certain specified old and minor offences from criminal record certificates issued from this date. The Home Office has asked us to bring the following to your attention: “In line with these changes we have amended Question e55 on our application for a criminal record check.
To ensure the law is followed correctly, we need Registered Bodies to bring this change to the applicant’s attention when completing the form. This question asks the applicant: “Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or received a caution, reprimand or warning? Applicants should now ignore this question and instead treat this question as If they were being asked: “Do you have any unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings?” The filtering rules, together with the list of offences that will never be filtered, are available from www.gov.uk/dbs.”