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DBS – Not Just For Working With Children

One of the biggest misconceptions about DBS checks is that the system is just for people working with children. That’s probably because it was high-profile cases such as the Soham murders which led to the creation of the Disclosure and Barring Service about a decade ago.
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DBS – Proving Your Identity

One of the main stumbling blocks when applying for DBS checks is the identity checking stage. It should be easy to prove who you are, shouldn’t it? For most people it is indeed fairly simple.
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Disclosure Checks Across the UK

You’ll often head people talking about disclosure checks, DBS checks or even CRB checks, even though that’s old terminology. Although “DBS checks” is perhaps the phrase you’ll hear most often, the Disclosure and Barring Service only operates in England and Wales.
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Enhanced DBS Checks

An enhanced DBS check is the most detailed level of check into your criminal record. You’ll sometimes hear this sort of check being referred to as a CRB check, but this sort of terminology is out of date. Many different types of jobs need an enhanced disclosure check.
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Renewing a DBS Check

One of the first things you might spot when you receive your brand new DBS certificate is that it doesn’t have an expiry date on it. That’s the case whether you receive your check from the Disclosure and Barring Service in England and Wales, Protecting Vulnerable Groups in Scotland, or AccessNI in Northern Ireland.
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What Jobs Require a DBS Check?

The phrase “DBS check required” is something you’ll often see on a job advert. In fact, it seems so commonplace that you could easily assume that getting a DBS check is standard for all jobs. That’s not the case. Employers are restricted by law in what they can ask, and what type of checks they can run.
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What is a DBS or CRB Check?

We love our acronyms and abbreviations in the UK. If you’ve seen DBS or CRB on fob adverts or in the press, don’t assume that everyone is an expert on the terminology. It’s actually quite complex, so read on for the basics of what it’s all about.
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Levels of DBS Check

One of the least understood aspects of the DBS check system is the different levels of check available. In short, there are three different levels of checks; basic, standard and enhanced. You don’t get to choose what type of check you’d like to have.
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What is a DBS Check

Let’s go back to the very basics. What is this piece of paper called a DBS check, why is it important and why do you need one? There’s a lot more to the DBS system than most people think. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. There’s no such thing as a stupid question, so lets address the most fundamental issues of DBS checks.
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Volunteers and DBS Checks

There’s a whole army of people up and down the UK volunteering their time for good causes. Many of them volunteer with children, or with elderly or vulnerable adults. When it comes to DBS checks for people who are volunteering there are the same requirements as for paid workers, but with a few important differences.
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