The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was established in 2012 to help employers make safer recruitment decisions.
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How to renew your DBS check

16/08/2018 Anthony

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was established in 2012 to help employers make safer recruitment decisions. Formed after the merger between the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority, the DBS checks more than four million people every year. Of these, teachers make up a significant number, as they’re one of the many professions (along with social workers, foster carers and medical professionals) where DBS checks are mandatory.

When you first start teaching, you’ll undergo an initial DBS check via an employer or licensing body, who will apply for an enhanced check on your behalf. From then, you’ll need to ensure your DBS is up to date and viewable online by employers. The DBS Update Service is the easiest way to do this.

What is the DBS Update Service?

Available for standard and enhanced checks, the Update Service is an annual online subscription that allows anyone with a DBS check to keep their certificates up to date, as well as allowing employers to check if certificates are valid.

While DBS checks have no official expiration date, many employers will request regular DBS checks and the DBS itself suggests individuals renew their certificates when they change jobs. The Update Service ensures safeguarding standards are maintained and the recruitment process runs as smoothly - and as quickly – as possible.

Why should you sign up for the DBS Update Service?

Many education employers conduct fresh DBS checks with each new staff member they take on. The online Update Service means that employers can log on to check candidates’ certificates, saving candidates time and money.

The service benefits employers in that they can see if there are any changes since candidates last had a certificate issued, and if so, request a new DBS check to investigate further. For teaching staff who have no changes to their criminal record from one job to the next, the Update Service can mean you no longer have to complete further DBS Disclosure checks – which currently cost £44 for an enhanced application. Candidates can use the service to add and remove certificates, grant employers permission to view details and check any changes to certificates.

The subscription service costs £13 per year and can be renewed automatically or manually.

How to sign up to the DBS Update Service

If you’ve already applied for your DBS check, you will need your certificate number to register for the service. This must be done within 30 days of the certificate being issued. If you’ve not yet applied for a DBS check, you will need the application reference number (‘form ref’ on your application form or E-number if you’re applying online) to sign up for the Update Service. You must then apply for your DBS check within 28 days of registering for the service. You will then receive login details so you can manage your account, update payment details and personal information and view your certificate details.

Your subscription will last for one year. When you apply, you can select the ‘automatic renewal’ option, which will see £13 deducted from your credit or debit card automatically every year.

If you choose not to have your subscription automatically renewed, you can update it yourself up to 30 days before it is due to end. You will receive email reminders from the DBS to do this. If you do not renew your subscription before it ends, you will have to apply for a new DBS check and register again for the Update Service, costing you time and money.

Working with Teaching Personnel

At Teaching Personnel, it’s our policy that teachers and teaching assistants who register with us are on the DBS Update Service. This makes life easier for you and our education clients, saving time, money and ensuring all teaching candidates are suitable to work with children.

If you’re looking for your next teaching role, we have a range of positions all over the country that may suit you. See our latest vacancies here.

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