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Adult Safeguarding

Safeguarding is a word you see used all the time, but do we really understand what it means? Safeguarding in a DBS context is about taking steps to protect the well-being, health and rights of children and vulnerable adults. Organisations which come into contact with vulnerable adults should therefore have in place safeguarding policies to ensure that members of staff know what they should be doing in terms of protection.
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Overseas Applicants and DBS Checks

Although recruiting staff from overseas has become trickier after Brexit, there are still many industries which depend on a steady stream of skilled workers from overseas. If you are involved in employing staff overseas to come to the UK and work in a role which requires a DBS check, then it’s essential that you understand the process as it applies to applicants from overseas.
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Using the Same DBS Check for Multiple Jobs

Gone are the days when people worked for their whole career with the same employer. Switching jobs frequently is now common, and one of the most commonly asked questions of DBS staff is whether one DBS certificate can be used for a succession of jobs.
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Confidentiality for DBS Checks

Despite the UK having left the EU at the end of 2020, we are still sticking to many of the GDPR rules which cover data protection across Europe. Data protection laws are strict in terms of criminal records, so whether you’re a business owner or a DBS applicant, it’s important to understand what you need to do in terms of confidentiality.
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Lost DBS Certificate

One of the most common queries handled by companies involved in organising DBS checks for staff is what to do when someone loses their DBS certificate copy. In many other cases, getting a copy of a certificate just means writing to the awarding body, and potentially paying the cost for a replacement. DBS certificates are a different matter though and getting a replacement certificate is far trickier.
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Supervising Children in the Workplace

In terms of DBS checks, “child” is defined as anyone under the age of 18. There are many young people under the age of 18 working part time while at school, or undertaking work experience in a range of settings, but what are the rules for adults whose job it is to supervise them?
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Volunteering as a Befriender and DBS Checks

During the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve all become more aware how easy it is for people to become disconnected from society, lonely and isolated. Volunteer befrienders step into these situations and maintain contact with the person concerned, with the aim of the contact turning into friendship. It’s a rewarding way to volunteer, and befrienders can make a real difference to people’s lives.
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DBS Checks for Actors and Extras

As the entertainment industry starts to open up again after the pandemic, work has resumed on the many films and television series made here in the UK. It’s an industry employing thousands, from the household name actors who are the stars of the show, to the supporting artistes or “extras” who make up the numbers in a crowd scene. But do actors and extras need a DBS check to start work on set?
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E-Bulk Applications for DBS Checks

If you are an employer or running a voluntary service which submits a large volume of DBS checks every year, then the E-Bulk system operated by the DBS could be of enormous benefit. E-Bulk is designed to allow registered organisations submit large quantities of applications electronically and receive certificates electronically too.
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DBS Outreach Service

As life starts to get back to normal after the pandemic, the volume of applications coming into the DBS is growing too. It’s perhaps no surprise that the DBS is pushing the services of its Outreach Team, who are there to help and support managers and business owners with their DBS checking process.
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