DBS Check Information: Our Top Five Blogs of 2019

We like to think of this blog as a one-stop shop for all the DBS Check information you need – that’s why we always try to answer the questions you ask us most in our blog posts.

With 2019 coming to a close, we’ve been feeling reflective and looking back at all the blogs we’ve published this year.

To ring in 2020, we thought we’d recap five of the year’s most popular blogs, picking out some handy hints and tasty tidbits of DBS Check information.

Without further ado, here’s a roundup of our top five blogs of 2019:

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What is a DBS Check?


Ah, the age-old question: what actually IS a DBS Check? 

In this beginner’s guide, we went over some basic DBS Check information including:

  • What the acronym DBS stands for (hint: it’s Disclosure and Barring Service)
  • The different types of DBS Check – Basic, Standard and Enhanced
  • Information about the barred lists, and when you might be checked against them
  • How to apply for DBS Checks

This is a must-read for anyone who has been asked to undergo a DBS Check but isn’t sure what it involves. Check it out!


DBS Check Address History: Your Questions Answered


The DBS address history is an important part of the application form – but not everyone’s address history is straightforward.

This blog explains how to fill in the form if your address history doesn’t fit neatly into the standard format – for example, if you’re a student living away from home during term time, of no fixed abode, living overseas or living in a refuge.

Your first port of call should be the DBS unusual addresses guide, which details how to fill in the application form in different unusual address scenarios.


Do DBS Checks Expire? The Facts


This is one of the questions we hear people asking most often! And the short answer is: no, DBS Checks don’t have an expiration date.

However, the information on a DBS certificate is only truly accurate on the date the certificate is issued. This is because someone could have a conviction or other matter recorded against them at any time after the date of the check.

It’s generally up to employers to decide how often their employees’ certificates should be renewed, although in some sectors there are regulatory requirements for how often this should happen.


ID Requirements for DBS Checks


When an employer carries out a DBS Check, they must verify the applicant’s identity using documents the applicant provides.

In this blog, we looked at the process of doing an ID check, including which documents you can accept and your responsibilities as an employer.

You can see a full list of acceptable ID documents in the DBS ID checking guidelines


DBS Checks for Religious Organisations


DBS Checks play a crucial safeguarding role in religious organisations. 

This blog explains who needs a DBS Check within religious organisations – for example, religious leaders and employees/volunteers who work with children or in hospitals.

For each different role, we explain what sort of check a person in that role would be eligible for. As always, their DBS Check eligibility would depend on the specific role or activity they’re doing.


Look out for more handy DBS Check information in 2020!


And there we have it – our top five DBS Check blogs of 2019. 

Our New Year’s resolution is to write even more useful blogs to satisfy your DBS Check curiosity – so if you have any burning questions send them our way and we’ll see what we can do!

Happy New Year!