DBS duration

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  • 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

    1. Should we agree a best practice to recheck the DBS periodically across the industry or not recheck?
    2. If we recheck, should this period be 3 years (as with the CRB check) or some other time frame?
    3. Where would it would leave us legally if an instructor refused to have a new check after 3 years?
    4. Are we in our rights to not use them until they have a check?
    5. Are there any other issues you can think of?

    Islington Council policy is to recheck the DBS every three years.


  • By registering your newly issued DBS with the DBS Update Service it has no expiry other than pay the annual subscription to true service (£13) this also means the DBS is completely portable!

  • However... no one tells you this!! You need to register for the update service within 19 days of receiving your DBS certificate, but the Government don't make this obvious for the applicant.

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DBS duration

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