Disclosure and Barring Service Awareness


Enroll your staff in the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check course to enhance safer recruitment practices and protect vulnerable groups, such as children.

This course equips employers with the knowledge to conduct thorough background checks, ensuring unsuitable individuals are prevented from working in sensitive roles. Meet legal requirements and prioritize safety by enrolling your staff today.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Awareness Training

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a statutory requirement in the recruitment process for staff in an education setting.

Schools play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of their students, making it vital to employ teachers and volunteers who have undergone DBS vetting.

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Ensure the safety of students with our online DBS Checks training course for teachers and school staff. Learn about the disclosure and barring service, how to request and understand DBS checks, and how to appeal decisions.

Discover the importance of DBS vetting in safeguarding children and how it helps create a secure learning environment. Comply with regulatory standards and make informed recruitment decisions with our easy-to-follow course.

 Course Outline

The objective of this DBS Checks training course is to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the DBS check process.

The key points covered in this course are:

  • What is the DBS
  • Basic checks and disputes or appeals
  • Prohibition and interim prohibition orders
  • Other ways to apply
  • Further information and advice
  1. What is the DBS: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Know DBS role in safeguarding vulnerable groups, such as children and vulnerable adults.
  2. Basic checks and disputes or appeals: Learn about the process of requesting basic checks and understand how to handle disputes or appeals in case of any discrepancies or concerns.
  3. Prohibition and interim prohibition orders: Explore the concept of prohibition and interim prohibition orders. Delve into their significance in identifying individuals who are unsuitable to work with vulnerable groups.
  4. Other ways to apply: Discover alternative methods and channels through which individuals can apply for a DBS check. Expand your knowledge beyond the traditional application process.
  5. Further information and advice: Acquire valuable resources and guidance on where to find additional information and seek advice regarding the DBS system, ensuring you have access to comprehensive support.

The Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS) awareness training course covers essential topics to develop a thorough understanding of the DBS process. This knowledge enables informed decisions and ensures the safety and protection of vulnerable individuals.

DBS Training Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand what the disclosure and barring service is
  • Learn how to request a basic check and dispute or appeal a decision
  • Identify the difference between prohibition and interim prohibition orders
  • Learn other ways to apply for a DBS check
  • Find further information and advice

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a DBS check?

A DBS check is a process used by employers to check an applicant’s criminal record history. It helps employers decide if someone is suitable for certain jobs, especially those working with vulnerable people like children. The check shows any past convictions or warnings.

Different levels of checks are done based on the job. It’s an important way to make sure that people in trusted roles have the right background and won’t harm vulnerable individuals.

Only eligible employers can request DBS checks, following legal rules and guidelines.

What are the types of DBS Check?

There are four main types of DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks in the United Kingdom. These include:

  1. Basic DBS Check: A basic check provides a summary of an individual’s unspent convictions and conditional cautions. It is available to anyone and can be requested for any purpose.
  2. Standard DBS Check: A standard check is more comprehensive and includes details of both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and final warnings. It is typically required for certain roles, such as those involving working with vulnerable adults or in the financial sector.
  3. Enhanced DBS Check: An enhanced check includes all the information from a standard check, plus any relevant information held by local police forces. It is necessary for positions that involve close contact with vulnerable groups, including children, and provides the most comprehensive level of disclosure.
  4. Enhanced DBS Check with Barred Lists Check: This is similar to an enhanced check but also includes a check against the DBS Barred Lists. The Barred Lists contain the names of individuals who are prohibited from working with vulnerable groups, either due to their criminal history or because they have been deemed a risk to these groups.

The specific type of DBS check required depends on the nature of the role and the level of contact with vulnerable individuals. Employers or organizations must determine the appropriate level of check based on legal requirements and guidelines set by the DBS.

How long does DBS certificate take?

The time it takes to process a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate can vary. Here’s a simplified overview:

  1. Basic DBS Check: It usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks, but sometimes longer.
  2. Standard DBS Check: This one takes around 8 to 10 weeks to complete.
  3. Enhanced DBS Check: It also takes around 8 to 10 weeks to process.

These times can change depending on factors like the number of checks being done and the information provided. Sometimes, urgent or priority checks are available for faster processing, but they may cost more. To get the most accurate information, check the DBS website or ask the organization or employer helping with the check.

Why should you take a DBS training?

DBS training equips you to appropriately and effectively apply DBS checks to enable safer recruitment and screening practices. This protects vulnerable groups and your organization.

Here are some key reasons to take DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) training:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the DBS checking process and requirements.
  • Learn how to interpret DBS certificate information and results.
  • Ensure you comply with legal responsibilities around DBS checks.
  • Implement best practices for assessing applicant suitability and risk.
  • Build skills for sensitive, fair decision-making using DBS check outcomes.
  • Understand how to manage disputes and complaints around DBS checks.
  • Become familiar with the DBS code of practice and current regulations.
  • Get insight into new developments and evolving standards in DBS checks.
  • Further your professional development and capabilities in recruitment or child/adult safeguarding.
  • Increase your value and mobility as a job candidate in regulated sectors.
  • Earn formal certification to demonstrate your DBS expertise.

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