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You can apply for a Basic DBS check as a confirmation of your current record at any time. However, the more detailed levels of check can only be requested through an employer, in connection with a specific job.

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There is a separate, but similar process for organising criminal records checks for people who wish to take up a job overseas. The body which does these checks is called ACRO.

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It’s unusual for mistakes to be made, but it does happen. There is a set process for challenging mistakes, which could involve a trip to the police station to establish your identity.

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In Scotland there are similar checks run through a scheme called Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG). If you’re working in Scotland, apply through this system instead.

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There are no laws stipulating who pays for criminal records checks. In many cases, the employer will cover the cost, but they don’t have to if they don’t want to.

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It’s up to the employer to assess their own risk, given the information on the form. Having a very minor criminal record won’t necessarily rule you out from many jobs.

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Usually, it takes around 4 weeks to get a DBS check returned in the post. However, this can vary depending on the time of year, and which police force is running the checks.

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Only people over the age of 16 can apply for a criminal records check. People aged 16 to 18 may require a certificate, even if they are working with people their own age, or older.

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In most cases, you’ll be asked to go through the process again if you move to a new employer. If you’ve subscribed to the Update service, this could help make your check quicker.

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Criminal Records Bureau is the previous name for the criminal records checking body, which is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service, or DBS. In basic terms, the two terms mean the same.

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It’s not illegal for you to work without a criminal records check, unless you’re on a Barred List. It might however be illegal for an employer to take you on, depending on the job.

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There is no option for paying extra and getting your certificate back more quickly. However, you can maximise your chances of a quick turnaround by ensuring your form is completed fully and accurately.

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You will be asked for a five-year address history, including postcodes. You must account for all places where you were living permanently during this time period.

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There are lots of factors which can affect a DBS check. In many cases, the key is making sure you have completed the form properly and included all the information they have asked for.

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There is no limit to how far back an enhanced or standard check can go. For basic checks, only unspent convictions will be listed on a certificate.

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There is a range of options for applying for your DBS check but the easiest way is using the online forms. Paper forms are still used by some employers and organisations.

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DBS only covers England and Wales. There are separate bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland to check criminal backgrounds of people living there.

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In most cases, volunteers who are giving up their time with a registered charity or other organisation will qualify for a free criminal records check.

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All nationalities can apply for a DBS check, as long as they have lived in the UK for a period of time. If someone has never lived in the UK, they will need an equivalent check from their home country.

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Again, it will depend on the work they are doing, but there are no special exemptions for temporary staff. Some companies get round this by teaming staff up with fully-checked members of staff and never have them working alone.

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