Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS Checks)
In order to maintain the highest level of safety and welfare possible for our students and staff, all employees in our centres will be DBS checked. Here you will find a guide on the whole process.
What is a DBS?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) came into force in December 2012 as a replacement for the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Check. It is designed to enable employers to check the criminal records of employees in order to ascertain whether or not they are suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children. The service also maintains lists of individuals who are barred from working with children and adults. As a result, it is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply to work with these groups and for employers to knowingly employ them.
The check that LSC will be performing includes information on an individual’s spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. On top of this, the check will also include any additional information held by local police that is reasonably considered relevant to the type of job we offer. In this case, police will only release information that is relevant to the post being applied for.
What is the process of getting a DBS?
DBS has more recently become a minimum requirement for consideration of employment for many positions and industries. As it slowly becomes standard practice it is important for you as employees, now and in the future, to take ownership of the DBS check and maintain it like you would any other skill or experience on your CV. As an LSC employee we hope to help assist you in getting to this point and so the process is very simple;
If you are successful in getting a position in one of our centres, we will then start to process your DBS application. We will send you login details for our DBS partner, civilandcorporate.co.uk. Here you will need to fill in an online form. We will send you a step by step guide on how to fill out the form (it should take about fifteen minutes).
If there are any problems or issues that arise with the check, then we will be in touch. If your check comes back clear, then the DBS process is over. You will recieve an email confirming the check is clear, and then a few weeks later will receive a physical copy in the post. Make sure you keep hold of the certificate, as this is your proof that the check was carried out.
As soon as you receive your DBS check certificate, you have the option to sign up for the 'DBS Update Service'.
Signing up for the DBS Update Service (£13 a year) is only open for 19 days after your certificate has been issued. The service keeps your DBS certificate constantly updated, meaning it will never expire. For more information on this, you can check out the GOV.UK site.
Who pays for the DBS?
As well as processing your DBS check, LSC will also pay for half of the cost of it. As of 01/01/2017, the cost of a DBS check is £48.80, meaning you will be liable for £24.40 of the cost. So as to make everything as easy as possible, this amount will be taken out of your first weeks’ pay.
If you mean to renew your DBS check for future years, the cost of this service will be payable wholly by yourself (although if you are hoping to work for us in future years, this option would be best and save you some money next year when paying for a new DBS check if you haven’t renewed).