Safeguarding is extremely important for all organisations in contact with children or vulnerable adults. Safeguarding requirements mean that organisations should take appropriate steps to ensure that these vulnerable groups are protected from abuse, and have their health and wellbeing maintained.
DBS checks form a vital role in safeguarding requirements, as they are a step towards making sure that those working with these vulnerable groups are appropriate to do so.
Let’s explore how DBS checks can assist your organisation in meeting its safeguarding requirements.
What are safeguarding requirements?
A safeguarding policy is paramount for organisations working with children and/or vulnerable adults. It ensures steps are being taken to safeguard the wellbeing of these groups.
It’s important to note that as safeguarding requirements are set out in multiple pieces of legislation, requirements also vary between organisations. If you have any queries regarding your safeguarding responsibilities we’d recommend contacting your regulatory body, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission, who can provide further guidance.
How can DBS checks assist your organisation?
DBS checks play a crucial role in helping your organisation meet its safeguarding requirements. Under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, organisations have a legal duty to check to see whether any employee or volunteer engaging in regulated activity with a vulnerable group is barred from working with them.
This means that if an individual is carrying out a specified activity in relation to children or vulnerable adults, such as providing care, then the employer must check the applicant against the applicable barred list(s).
To do this, the organisation should request an enhanced DBS check for the applicant, and select the appropriate barred list checks as part of the application. By doing this the employer will have met their legal obligations, and can make sure they are meeting their safeguarding requirements.
DBS checks will also provide details of the applicant’s criminal record, including both spent and unspent convictions, as well as any cautions, warnings or reprimands they have on their record. Having access to this information will assist the employer in making a safe recruitment decision.
How to apply for DBS checks
Carrying out DBS checks as an organisation is simple and straightforward. All you need to do is register for free with us at CRB Check Online. You can then get started requesting checks using the online application form.
Once submitted, results are returned, on average, within 48 hours. If the result is clear, then the organisation will be able to view and download a representative copy of the certificate online, so there’s no need to wait for the certificate in the post.
Want to get started requesting DBS checks? Register for free here.
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