The NSPCC has stated that all self-employed tutors should be legally required to have a criminal records check before they start working with children. Currently, a loophole means that self-employed tutors do not have to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in place, which greatly concerns the NSPCC. Teachers working in schools are required…

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The latest issue of DBS Disclosure News includes an update of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update service which was launched a year ago. The update service allows employees to carry out free, instant online status checks on an individual’s DBS certificate. It allows individuals (for a small annual fee) to have their DBS certificate…

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The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) monthly newsletter DBS Disclosure News: February  is now available. This month’s edition includes: service availability: the details customer Services enquiries 100,000 join Update Service free webinar Some DBS services will not be available for part of March as they modernise and team up with a new partner; details of the…

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DBS guide to eligibility A document available at www.gov.uk provides information on the eligibility, workforce and supervision guidance for those working with children and adults. Along with outlining the three main types of checks the document includes an annex listing the Positions, Professions, Employment, Offices and Works eligible for DBS checks taken from the Rehabilitation of Offenders…

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The Home Office have announced that legislative processes have started which will see old and minor cautions and convictions no longer disclosed on a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The DBS checks (formally known as CRB checks) are being amended following a Court of Appeal ruling in January 2013, which stated that the disclosure of all cautions and convictions on…

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Following the abuse scandal in Rochdale, where nine men were jailed for grooming girls, the local council has announced steps to improve child safety. As some of the men convicted were taxi drivers Rochdale council has said that anyone applying for a private hire licence will have to pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service…

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Following changes to the criminal records checking system in England and Wales the government have produced a  new easy to follow online guide.  Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks were replaced by Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in December 2012.  Changes to criminal record checks also took place, with new guidance on which roles are eligible for a DBS check and which roles…

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A consultant from the employment law specialists ELAS, Peter Mooney, is anxious that care employers do not change their habits for requesting Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks ( formely CRB checks) for new employees in light of  a recent court ruling.   The Court of Appeal recently ruled that the criminal records checking system had…

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Following a legal challenge at the Court of Appeal, by the campaign group Liberty, the court  announced that criminal record checks were not in line with Article 8 of the European Human Rights Act, where everyone is entitled to privacy in home, health and correspondence.  This follows cases where people applying for jobs had been refused…

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A DBS check is a new term, which has appeared recently.  It has come about from the recent merger (1 December  2012) of the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).   Essentially this means that there will be only one organisation dealing with checks and barring…

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