If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks (formerly known as CRB checks!)
DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.
Sefton CVS has registered with the DBS to obtain higher level disclosures for its own staff and volunteers. In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS also offers access to the Disclosure service to other organisations within Sefton.
How can Sefton CVS help?
As a registered DBS Umbrella Body, Sefton CVS is able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for DBS checks on staff and volunteers. Our role is to:
- check and validate the information provided by the applicant on the application form
- establish the true identity of the applicant through the examination of a range of documents using guidance provided by the DBS
- ensure the application form is fully completed and that the information it contains is accurate
- countersign applications to confirm that the organisation has an entitlement to access criminal records information
- ensure compliance with the DBS’s code of practice.
Organisations wishing to take advantage of the DBS Disclosure service offered by Sefton CVS will be required to sign an agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of each organisation in undertaking the DBS process.
A fee of £44 (enhanced disclosure is payable for staff checks, in addition to an administrative charge of £20). Volunteer checks carry no fee but are still subject to a £20 administrative charge payable to Sefton CVS.
Applicants and employers can now use the DBS update service launched in June 2013 to keep a certificate up to date or carry out checks on a potential employee’s certificate. This service is free to volunteers and a £13 subscription to employee’s to be registered with this service as an individual.
A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included on a check will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is up to an employer to decide if they think a new check is needed.
Full guidance on the Disclosure & Barring Service please click here