When starting a new job – paid or voluntary – you may be asked to have a DBS check.  DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service and the check makes your criminal record – or lack thereof – available to your employer.  Don’t panic if you’re asked to do one – they’re a normal request from all sorts of employers.

Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check.  Job applicants can’t do a criminal records check on themselves.

Your employer will give you a form to fill in and you will have to provide some forms of identification.  There are several different forms of ID that you can provide, but the standard ones include a passport, driving licence, birth certificate or a utility bill with your current address on it.  Your employer will tell you what sort of ID they want to see.  Bring the original copies and your employer will take photocopies to send it off with the completed form.  You will receive a certificate roughly eight weeks afterwards.

A DBS check has no official expiry date as any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out, however, your employer may wish to do regular checks on their employees.  This will vary from employer to employer.

You can find out more information regarding DBS checks on the GOV.UK website.

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