So we’ve all heard something about the change from CRB to DBS and may be familiar with something about online certificates and free checks for volunteers but if you’re still a bit confused by it all here’s a quick guide for clarification.
- The CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) will now be referred to as DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).
- DBS is the result of a merge of the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
- At present people have to apply for a new certificate every time they change jobs, however, under this new system applicants can apply once to the DBS for a certificate then both applicants and organisations can check online to see if the certificate is still valid.
- It’s free for volunteers to use the online service when applying for different opportunities.
- Paid employees will need to pay an annual fee to use the online service which ‘will be less than the cost of a new criminal record check’.
- This new system should speed up the recruitment process for public and private sector employers.
- The DBS online service is part of the government’s plan to save the taxpayer up to £1.2bn by 2015 by making some government services available online.
Visit the Home Office website for more information.