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How to get a DBS Check

Polo & Tweed can process an Enhanced DBS (with optional update scheme) for £82. Polo & Tweed uses the Verify service which means that we save you time and money and you don’t have to travel long distances to meet with us, and can process the application from a remote location. Once you have paid for your DBS we will undertake the following process with you.

What is a DBS Check?

A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) is the same as the previous CRB check (Criminal Bureau Service) and it’s basically a certificate that shows that you are clear (do not or did not have any convictions) to work with children and vulnerable adults. A DBS check is an absolute MUST when working with these two categories (nannies, maternity nurses, tutors/governesses and any other domestic staff in private households who will work or come near children/ vulnerable adults).  It is also typically requested by most domestic employers as it gives peace of mind to the employer.

There are three types of DBS checks:

  1. Standard DBS – This checks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, final warnings and reprimands.
  2. Enhanced DBS – This is for people who work with children and vulnerable adults (so this applies to all childcare and domestic staff). This Enhanced DBS includes the same as the standard DBS check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.
  3. Enhanced DBS with list checks – This one is the same as the enhanced check, but also includes a check of the DBS barred lists.

You, as a job seeker, cannot apply on your own for a DBS check. Your employer must request one on your behalf or you can go through one of the registered bodies which will be able to apply for you. Polo and Tweed, is a registered body and we can help you with applying for a DBS. 

How long is a DBS check valid for?

A DBS check does not have an official expiry date. Any information printed on the DBS certificate will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is then up to you as the candidate or to the recruitment agency/ employer to decide if and when a new DBS check is required again.

How long does a DBS check take?

A DBS check can take anywhere from a couple of days (once submitted) up to 30 days and sometimes even more, if the police and all the relevant bodies need to carry out further checks on you. You will receive a copy of the DBS check to your current home address (the one used on the form, that is why is so important that you provide us with your full and correct current address, including post code). You should keep the DBS Certificate as you will be required to show it to your employers/ recruitment agencies.

The optional DBS Update Service

If you register to the DBS Update Service, your employer can go online (with your consent), and carry out a free, instant check to find the information that is found on the DBS certificate and to check if it’s up-to-date. More information can be found about the DBS Update Service here.