Disclosure and barring checks for safeguarding
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
A DBS check maybe needed for:
- certain jobs or voluntary work, eg working with children or in healthcare
- applying to adopt or foster a child
All organisations engaging people in 'Regulated Activities' must have robust and transparent recruitment procedures in place to ensure children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and they should be familiar with the Local Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures.
The Havering LSCB requires all people in 'regulated Activities' to have a DBS check every three years.
Before recruiting staff (whether paid or unpaid), the following should be considered:
- the application process should include the organisations commitment to safeguarding in for example the job description and any other documentation
- thorough checks should be made of an applicant's identity, work history and references including any gaps in time
- proof of qualifications should be obtained
- checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service should be undertaken
- a probationary period and supervision of the person should take place
- references should be obtained and verified
- this is not an exhaustive list but a framework for sound recruitment practice