If you have ever  thought about employing someone to work as an PA, carer or to work with children in any way you will probably have heard of a CRB or Criminal Records Bureau check.  This check which has recently been reborn as a DBS or Disclosure and Barring Service checks your applicants criminal history for any relevant law breaking in the past.  Unsurprisingly getting the check is surrounded by a maze of regulations and paperwork but if you hold a few things in mind it is not as bad as it seems at first sight.


So what is important?

  • You can ask an applicant for a DBS only for certain jobs but it basically boils down to people who work with vulnerable adults, children and the entrance into several legal and medical professions.
  • Only a potential employer can ask for a DBS check – you cannot ask for one for yourself.
  • The employer gives the applicant a  form which they get from a third party umbrella body.
  •  The applicant fills it in and shows the employer some specific documents to prove they are who they say they are.
  • The form is returned to the umbrella body and the check is carried out.
  • A certificate is sent to the applicant who must then notify the employer.

There are several types of DBS but most positions will be looking for the Enhanced check which costs around £44 and should take around 4 weeks to come through.  If the position is a voluntary one the check is free.

If you are in employing a PA or carer of any type you should be getting a DBS check done but the chances are that if you are employing with the social services or the NHS involved there will be a local procedure to help and possibly fund it.

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