Your DBS Questions Answered

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and is an executive non-departmental public body of the Home Office.

What does the DBS do?

The DBS are responsible for processing requests for criminal records checks, deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list and placing or removing people from the DBS children’s barred list and adults’ barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What is the difference between a standard and enhanced DBS check?

A DBS check is what used to be called a CRB check.  A standard DBS check involves a check of an applicant's criminal record against the Police National Computer for any reprimands, warnings, cautions or convictions.

An enhanced DBS check includes all the information included as part of a standard check, plus any information held locally by police forces that’s considered relevant to the child workforce and post applied for.

Who needs an enhanced DBS check?

Any job that involved caring for, supervising or being in sole charge of children of adults requires an enhanced DBS check.

What is the Children's Barred list?

The children's barred list contains a list of people barred from working with children. This is because they have been dismissed or removed from working in regulated activity because they have, or might have, harmed a child.

How much will it cost?

All applicants for an enhanced DBS check have to pay a fee of £44. The only exception is for those applicants who qualify as a volunteer. Volunteers do not have to pay an enhanced DBS fee. 

When applying through Strictly Education’s registered enhanced DBS online service, employers will have to pay a £25 as a one-off registration fee and a £10 administration fee per application. The administration fee will be charged for all DBS applications whether the applicant is a volunteer or not. 

The set-up fee will be discounted for Strictly Education clients and members of NAHT and NASBM.

Who can be considered to be a volunteer?

To qualify as a volunteer an applicant must not receive any payment or reward in the role they are applying for. An applicant who receives any of the following as part of their role would not be considered a volunteer:

  • remuneration such as a wage, salary or other monetary payment
  • a benefit of some kind, including discounted childcare costs for their own child who attends

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