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Criminal Record Checks for jobs, etc - Update

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AnnCardiff Report 10 Feb 2013 09:40

instead of inventing new names for these organisations why don't they get on with the job they are supposed to be doing

no doubt a fair bit of cash was spent to change all their headed paper etc.


Elizabethofseasons Report 10 Feb 2013 00:04

Dear Detective


That's okay.

There is a lot of confusion over these checks at the moment.

Some voluntary agencies and or groups expect people, usually those on low incomes, to pay for their own checks.

After going through the paperwork about getting a basic check done on oneself:

As there would be no counter-signatory for documents to verify ID, date of birth, address, etc, the check would be unreliable and could not be used for a particular post, paid or voluntary.

This check is just to see for the person themselves if they have a criminal record.

This seems very weird and not in keeping with the original idea of obtaining a proper and useful disclourse of any type.

Take gentle care, DET
Best wishes
Elizabeth, EOS

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

Disclosure and Barring Service

Telephone: 0870 909 0811

Minicom: 0870 909 0344


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 9 Feb 2013 23:47

Thanks for this Elizabeth. There was some confusion over whether volunteers sponsors needed to pay


Elizabethofseasons Report 9 Feb 2013 23:43

Dear All



The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) -

CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

A DBS check may be needed for:

certain jobs or voluntary work - like working with children,
or in healthcare
or applying to foster or adopt a child


Who can ask for a DBS check?

Normally, employers aren’t allowed to ask job applicants about spent convictions, but for jobs that need a DBS check this rule doesn’t apply.

The DBS eligibility guidance lists most roles that are eligible for a check.

However, the guidance isn’t comprehensive, and you should contact the DBS if you’re unsure.


If you’re the person being checked - ‘the applicant’ - the employer will give you a form to fill in and return to them along with documents proving your identity.



You can’t do a criminal records check on yourself.

If you need to run a check on yourself, you can get a ‘basic disclosure’ with details of any unspent convictions from Disclosure Scotland (anywhere in the UK).

Problems with this.


Types of criminal records check:

There are 3 types of check.

The employer or organisation running the check should provide the applicant with more information about the level of check required.

Standard - £26

Spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, final warnings


Enhanced - £44

As above - plus any additional information held locally by police forces that’s reasonably considered relevant to the post applied for


Enhanced with list checks - £44

As above - plus a check of the appropriate DBS barred lists



Checks for eligible volunteers are free of charge.

This includes anyone who spends time helping people and isn’t being paid
(apart from travel and basic expenses) and isn’t looking after a close relative

An employer must not apply for a check unless the job or role is eligible for one. They must tell the applicant why they’re being checked, and where they can get independent advice.

The websire checks has more information about these changes.

Take gentle care
Best wishes
Elizabeth, EOS