My Hackney colleague Pat Gannon brought this to my attention. Forgive me is this is already something known/dealt with.
With the move from CRB checks (that are valid for three years) to DBS check (which have no time limit), I think we need an agreed guideline for best practice.
The guidelines are here: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-check-requests-guidance-for-employers#how-to-apply-for-a-criminal-record-check
Toward the bottom of the page is the paragraph:
Duration of criminal record check validity
There is no official expiry date for a criminal record check issued by DBS.
Any information revealed on a DBS certificate will be accurate at the time the certificate was issued. You should check the date of issue on the certificate to decide whether to request a newer one. In certain employment sectors a new criminal record check may be required periodically
Islington Council policy is to recheck the DBS every three years.
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