Criminal Records checks now known as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks can be part of a ‘Safer Recruitment’ process for groups that work with children or vulnerable adults.  

Community Action Fareham is registered as an ‘Umbrella Body’.  This means that we are authorised to arrange and countersign applications for DBS checks for other organisations.  

Organisations that have staff in contact with children or vulnerable adults must ensure that they do not put anyone with a dangerous criminal background in contact with them.  So, in addition to interviewing for new staff and getting references, organisations can request an applicant to provide criminal record information which would otherwise be considered spent.   

For some roles the ‘barred lists’ can also be checked.  The organisation would require applicants to obtain a disclosure certificate and this is done though Community Action Fareham.   

Self-employed people cannot obtain a DBS Check, however a Subject Access report (based on Data Protection/Freedom of Information principles) can be requested from the police.  The report costs £10 and can be done in 40 days.   

For more information   

It is critical to understand that a clear check does not mean someone is good for a role.   

Community Action Training at Community Action Fareham provides training courses and information on Safeguarding and on Safer Recruitment to ensure compliance with the DBS code of practice.



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