Latest Guidance from the Disclosure and Barring Service

 Disclosure and Barring Service

Disclosure and Barring Service - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Basic Check Guidance and Policies

A collection of guidance and policy documents relating to the submission of basic checks

Basic check guidance and policies - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

DBS ID Checking guidelines updated 16 September 2021

Guidance to help you validate the identity of a DBS check applicant and a new lead/countersignatory.

DBS ID checking guidelines - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Make a subject access request to DBS

Guidance, checklist and form for making a subject access request to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Make a subject access request to DBS - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Updated ID checking guidelines in line with new right to work rules from 1 July 2021

Read the guidelines on the DBS Website:  Updated ID Checking guidelines in line with new right to work rules from 1 July 2021.

From 1 July 2021, new rules for right to work checks will apply. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need to provide evidence of a lawful immigration status in the UK.   In response to these changes, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has updated the ID checking guidelines for:

  • Basic DBS checks, submitted through a Responsible Organisation
  • Standard and Enhanced DBS checks

The updated Basic DBS check ID guidelines can be found here.

The updated ID guidelines for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks can be found here.

The changes to the guidelines are as follows:

  • In the ‘UK national’ route, reference to ‘EEA’ has been removed
  • Additional detail for the primary documents has been added for the ‘international’ route
  • An updated link to the right to work guidance has been included

The new guidance comes into effect from 1 July 2021, however we are aware that some Registered Bodies and Responsible Organisations may require a period of time to make technical changes to their online systems.

In light of this, the existing ID checking guidelines will remain on GOV.UK alongside the new guidelines, until 1 October 2021, and either version can be used up until this date.

The temporary changes that were made to the ID checking guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are not affected by the above changes, and you can continue to operate in line with these.

DBS ID checking guidelines

Guidance to help you validate the identity of a DBS check applicant and a new lead/countersignatory.

ID Checking Guidance for standard/enhanced DBS Checks from 1 July 2021

ID Checking Guidance for Countersignatory Applications

 

Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process from 31 May 2021

As of 31 May 2021, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has implemented a change to the enhanced DBS check application process. The change will mean that DBS is no longer able to amend an applicant’s personal information on the application form, once it has been submitted.

Read the news on the DBS website Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For applicants

The sections of the application form affected by this change will be:

Section A – Your current and previous names

Section B – Your current address

Section C – Five-year address history

Enhanced DBS check applications that are submitted with omitted or incorrect information regarding these sections will be withdrawn, and a new application will need to be submitted.

If an application is withdrawn due to an omission or error in your personal information, the DBS are unable to provide a refund.

Where an omission, as detailed above, is found, DBS will not contact the applicant, but will instead write to the Registered Body that submitted the enhanced application to inform them.

 

 DBS has created faith-specific guidance around DBS Checks - 14 May 2021

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) recently worked with Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) and the Charity Commission to support faith organisations to produce guidance on DBS checks and eligibility which is tailored to different faiths.

DBS has created faith-specific guidance around DBS checks - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Read the guidance here:  Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) Checks for Faith Centres - Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) (sfitogether.org)

 

 DBS Checks for Working with Children in Places of Worship - 19 Feb 2021

This guidance on the GOV.UK website highlights the rules for DBS checks for working with children in places of worship was issued on 19 Feb 2021.

The main activities that are likely to occur in faith settings which will make a role eligible for a DBS check when working with children are:

  • teaching, training or instructing children
  • care of children
  • providing advice and guidance wholly or mainly to children in relation to their emotional, physical or educational wellbeing – e.g. advice on staying healthy while fasting, educational advice when considering a life of faith or e
  • Driving children  
  • Day-to-day management of people undertaking these activities

Anyone undertaking these activities on more than 3 days in any 30-day period will be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check with a check of the Children’s Barred List.

Anyone undertaking these activities overnight between 2am and 6am with contact with the children would also be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check with a check of the Children’s Barred List. If someone does these activities but less often they will be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check without the Children’s Barred List check.

DBS checks for working with children in places of worship - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

 

New Leaflets from DBS on Regulated Activity with Adults/Children - 19 Feb 2021

The Disclosure and Barring Service has produced new leaflets on regulated activity with adults and children in England and Wales.  

DBS guidance leaflets - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

 Regulated Activity with Adults

Regulated Activity with Adults in England

Regulated Activity with Adults in Wales (English Language)

Regulated Activity with Adults in Wales (Welsh Language)

 

Regulated Activity with Children 

Regulated Activity with Children in England

Regulated Activity with Children in Wales (English Language)

Regulated Activity with Children in Wales (Welsh Language)


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