eDBS Newsletter - Autumn 2017

changes to id

Changes to Identity Checking Guidelines

New ID checking guidelines are being introduced on 2 October 2017. These new guidelines will apply to all applications for standard or enhanced checks.

The new guidelines will run in parallel with the existing guidelines from 2 October 2017 until 29 December 2017, when the existing guidelines will cease to apply.

The changes are being introduced so that the DBS identity checking process is aligned with right to work checks. These state that employers must prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work.

We are currently amending the eDBS system and will notify our customers when this is completed


Employment of Ex-Offenders Policy

Section122 of the Police Act 1997 makes it a requirement that all organisations must treat DBS applicants who have a criminal record fairly and not discriminate automatically because of a conviction or other information revealed.

You are obliged to have a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders; a copy of which can be given to DBS applicants at the outset of the recruitment process. Further guidance and a sample policy can be found on the DBS website

Job Roles

Job Roles

Finding a Job Role within the eDBS system requires you to select the workforce  i.e. Children, Adults, Both or None only then can you move onto selecting the job role.

If you cannot find the Job Role you require it is often because the wrong workforce has been selected. If the workforce selected is correct and the role can still not be found then please contact our Customer Service Centre to discuss. We can often add a specific role to the system providing it complies with DBS guidance on job roles