What is the DBS?
This service enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involve children or vulnerable adults. The DBS was established under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and was launched in March 2002.
Prior to 2002, access to police checks was mainly confined to organisations in the statutory sector for staff that had ‘substantial unsupervised access’ to children. There were many other organisations that could not access these checks and yet had staff with similar access to vulnerable groups. The DBS enables many more organisations to access these checks as part of good recruitment practice.
Organisations wishing to use the service can ask successful job applicants to apply for one of two types of check. The type of check required will depend upon the nature of the position. These are called Enhanced and Standard Checks; both require a fee but are free of charge to volunteers (admin charges may apply).
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA), (Exceptions) Order 1975 acts as the gateway for access to the DBS checking service and lists those occupations, professions & positions considered to be exempt from the ROA provisions designed to protect individuals from unnecessary disclosure of their spent conviction history. Consideration of this Order must be given before an organisation submits any DBS application request in order to determine whether a relevant exempted question is being asked. The Order allows for applications to be submitted to a Standard level.
DBS filtering guidance link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-filtering-guidance
To qualify for the higher level of DBS check, Enhanced, the position must also meet one of the criteria set out in The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations. These positions are known as ‘prescribed positions’ and reflect the statutory requirements from other organisations e.g. the Gambling Commission has a requirement that all applications to hold an operating licence require inclusion of an Enhanced DBS check. Persons who work in Regulated Activity with Children or Vulnerable Adults work in a prescribed position.
Link for the latest edition of the DBS News for your perusal:
The current fees for DBS are as follows:
Check Type Cost
Enhanced Check: £54.00
ISA Adult First Check: £6.00
Enhanced Check: £59.00
ISA Adult First Check: £6.00
Volunteer DBS Disclosures are free of charge but KiCA charge an administration fee of £10.00 plus £6.00 for the ISA Adult First Check.
If you need assistance and guidance on how to complete the DBS application form then, please call the KiCA DBS telephone line 01634 291073. The office is open Monday, Wednesdays & Thursday 9am to 3pm where we will be happy to take your call.
You can order DBS disclosure forms by calling 291073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registering to use Kent Integrated Care Alliance as an umbrella body for DBS disclosures is free.