Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
From December 2012 the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), the body which was responsible for making all barring decisions on working with children and vulnerable adults and for maintaining the record of those barred, and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), the body which checked if an individual had a criminal record of any description but made no decision on whether they should be employed or not, were merged and a new body, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was formed.
The functions of the DBS are largely the same as those carried out by the ISA and CRB though there has been some easing of the requirements for volunteers. It remains a criminal offence for;
• a barred person to work in, or volunteer for, a regulated activity
• an employer to knowingly employ (either on a paid or voluntary basis) a barred person in a regulated activity
• a person to be allowed to work in a regulated activity without carrying out the required checks.
DBS forms are available from Mrs Stephan in the school office, and application form guidance can be downloaded here
The DBS application is free for volunteers (normally standard checks cost £26 and enhanced checks cost £44), and takes between 2-4 weeks to process.
You can check the progress of the application on line by registering with the Update Service (see here)