How to Get an Enhanced DBS Check: A Comprehensive Guide

Getting an enhanced DBS check is not something that applicants can do on their own. This type of check must be requested by the employer who needs it. However, applicants can request a basic check themselves, either directly from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or through a responsible organization. The process for requesting a standard or enhanced check depends on the number of checks you need to do each year.You can request a basic check from the DBS online by visiting the GOV.

UK website. If you are unable to validate your identity online, you can do so in person at a post office branch. To request this option, start your online application on the DBS application page of GOV. UK, select “Prove your identity in person” and follow the instructions.Eligibility for an enhanced DBS check may also be determined by the applicant's place of work.

If they work at one of the following establishments once a week or three times in a 30-day period, they will need an enhanced DBS certificate. Requesting an enhanced DBS check online through our human resources platform is simple and straightforward. The system allows applicants to enter their own personal data and, when necessary, pay for their own application.Unfortunately, it is not possible for a person to obtain their own standard or enhanced DBS certificate. The application must be submitted on their behalf by the employer or agency they work for.

The DBS provides a comprehensive list of identification documents that can be accepted as support for an enhanced DBS application.As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that you get the right level of disclosure for the position the applicant will be performing. If they do not meet the legislative requirements for an enhanced DBS check, they will not be able to obtain one. It is illegal to get an enhanced DBS check for someone who is not eligible for one. Yes, you can get an enhanced DBS check for an applicant who is currently living abroad, as long as they hold a position in the UK for which an enhanced DBS check is required.

As a DBS Check will only check UK databases, a certificate of good conduct from the country in which they have been living may also be required.You may need a standard or enhanced DBS check if your employer needs a higher level of assurance that you are fit for a certain job. Enhanced DBS checks are used to help employers make hiring or suitability decisions about people who are going to work in a regulated activity.No, your employer or the organization you work with or will be working with must request an enhanced DBS check. The results of an enhanced DBS check usually take 5 to 10 days* after the online verification is completed. Enhanced DBS checks can only be requested if the person is ready to train, monitor, or be in sole care of children or vulnerable adults.Enhanced DBS checks are only available to employers who need to make a hiring or suitability decision about a person working in a regulated activity (see below).

An enhanced DBS check will give employers peace of mind knowing that assets, employees and those entering their workplace are in good hands. The enhanced DBS check is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) of England and Wales, and in Scotland, Disclosure Scotland. If a person works somewhere, such as a nursing home or school, but does not provide care or training to the vulnerable group, only an enhanced DBS check would be required.Only functions that are included in the 1975 (Exceptions) Order of 1975 of the Offender Rehabilitation Act (ROA) are eligible for an enhanced DBS check. Other reasons an enhanced DBS check could “fail” include false information on your application and poor credit history.

If a person is not engaged in a regulated activity but works in an environment where there is an opportunity to contact vulnerable adults, such as an adult nursing home, they could be eligible for an enhanced DBS check without an exclusion list for adults. This level of DBS check is only available to organizations that need to make “hiring or suitability decisions”.In general, your employer will pay for your DBS check but there's no law that says you have to so it's always worth checking with them.

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