DBS

DBS (formerly CRB) Checks

 

WHAT IS A DBS CHECK?

A check of the United Kingdom’s Police National Database carried out by the Home Office's Disclosure and Barring Service, the checks will contain details of all spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.  Information held by local police forces is also checked as are lists of people barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

WHO NEEDS A DBS CHECK?

Anybody who wants to work either paid or unpaid with children and/or vulnerable adults.

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WHY DO I NEED TO BE CHECKED?

It is the law in the UK that EVERYBODY who wants to work/volunteer with children and/or vulnerable adults MUST go through the DBS process to ascertain whether or not they are suitable.

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The DBS check is Free Of Charge to all members of LSU Action wishing to volunteer on an Action project.

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I GOT INTO TROUBLE WITH THE POLICE WHEN I WAS AT SCHOOL – DOES THIS MEAN I WON’T BE ALLOWED TO VOLUNTEER?

No it doesn’t. If your DBS certificate comes back with details of a caution/conviction you will be asked to attend a meeting with the DBS Lead Signatory at the Students Union.  They will speak to you about the conviction and make a decision as to whether you are suitable to volunteer on your chosen project.  99.9% of all students who have anomalies on their DBS are allowed to volunteer. That said, we have never had a serious conviction identified on a DBS certificate.

Any convictions detailed on a DBS certificate are treated with absolute confidentiality. Only the Action Administrator and the DBS Lead Signatory see this information.

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I AM NOT A UK STUDENT CAN I STILL GET A DBS CHECK?

Unfortunately not everybody can. The DBS can only access the UK Police Database and therefore we would have no way of knowing if any crime had been committed outside of the UK.  However, for UK students the DBS requires a full 5 year UK address history, whereas for non-UK students, if you have been in the UK for one year you can apply for the DBS check.

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HOW DO I APPLY FOR A DBS?

Application forms can be completed in the Action Office, Monday to Friday from 10am until 3pm. They take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Either pop into the Action office or email annecato@lsu.co.uk to arrange a suitable time.

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WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I HAVE TO SHOW?

You will need to show the Action Administrator 3 forms of ID. At least one must show your current home address (where you live when you are not at University) and one must show your date of birth. The 3 most common forms of ID are passport, drivers licence and a current bank statement.    Please click here for a full list of valid identity documents. From this list you must show at least one document from Group 1 and 2 further documents from either Group 1, 2a or 2b.

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HOW LONG DOES THE DBS CERTIFICATE LAST AND DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR A SEPARATE DBS FOR EACH PROJECT I VOLUNTEER WITH?

The Action DBS covers you for all Action projects throughout your time at Loughborough University unless you go off on placement.  In that case, you have to reapply for a DBS when you return.

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For more information please contact annecato@lsu.co.uk or visit the Home-office website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/