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A Quick Guide to DBS Checks in Adult Care

As a registered body we know more than many how painful it can be to get your head around all the legislation, regulation and safeguarding guidelines that DBS checking dictates. Below is our quick guide to try and take some of the headache out of your DBS processing. All information is in line with CQC and DBS stipulations (full guides can be downloaded at the foot of the page).

If you’re ready to proceed with completing your DBS checks, then enquire online now via the form on the right of the page or contact us.

People working in health and adult social care services carrying out regulated activities with vulnerable parties are generally required to have the enhanced level of disclosure. The two most common checks are the Enhanced Disclosure (with barred list checks) and the Adult First Check.

The Enhanced Disclosure (with barred list checks) – is a criminal record check against the Police National Computer showing all convictions, cautions and reprimands whether spent or unspent, a further search with the local police force and an additional check against the Child and/or Vulnerable Adults barred list(s). The DBS are very specific as to the job roles (and who they involve working directly with), time scales and places of work that are eligible for this level of check.

The majority of positions within the care sector would be eligible for this level of disclosure and for some it would be mandatory in line with the safeguarding policies of the specific organisation. It is your organisation’s legal responsibility to check that employees carrying out regulated activities, on your regulated site with vulnerable parties are not barred from working in these positions.

The Adult First Check – is a preliminary check against the Adult Barred list that gives information regarding an applicant’s presence on the adult barred list (barred from working with vulnerable adults). If there is no match found on the Adult Barred list, the applicant can be employed under supervision prior to their disclosure being completed and their certificate being issued.

These levels of checks cannot be obtained by individuals, it is your responsibility as a company or an organisation to apply for these disclosures on behalf of your employees and applicants by registering with an umbrella body such as ourselves and appointing an in-company evidence and identity checker for all of your applications. The registered body will then facilitate each application (and adult first check if applicable) via their paper or online processing systems.

Disclosure for Contractors – the Enhanced Disclosure (without barred list checks) – is a criminal record check against the Police National Computer showing all convictions, cautions and reprimands whether spent or unspent and a further search with the police force local to the applicant. The DBS are very specific as to the job roles, time scales and places of work that are eligible for this level of check.

This level of disclosure may be relevant for contractors working on your regulated site if they are on site either weekly or for four days in a 30 day period. This level of check would usually be obtained by the contracting company but could be used for other positions within your organisation that do not directly involve working with, or have sole responsibility of, vulnerable parties.

The above information is by no means exhaustive, but we have all of it in our heads, so if you wish to discuss your requirements in more depth give us a call on 0800 310 1057. You can also find more information on our Disclosure Types page or email us directly at hannah@totalcrb.co.uk.

Additional Resources

CQC Guide to Checks for Care

DBS Guide to Eligibility

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NOTE: As an individual you can only apply for a Basic Disclosure. For a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure you will need to apply through your Company.