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Disclosure and barring update - Safeguarding: changes, misconceptions and duties

Who should attend

HR and recruitment professionals and all those with responsibility for safeguarding.


The Disclosure and Barring Service’s remit and processes have changed recently, widening access and using new technology to help employers make safer employment decisions. But DBS compliance assessments show that some Registered Bodies continue to make basic errors, such as failing to follow identity checking guidance or applying for inappropriate and unlawful barring list checks.

And although barring referral rates to the DBS are increasing, statistically they are still too low. This suggests that employers lack knowledge and confidence about when referrals should be made, by whom and how.

These updates will remind you about the three levels of disclosure certificates and how to use them when making recruitment decisions about candidates, as well as when checks are relevant for current staff. We explain what ‘barring’ and ‘regulated activity’ mean in practice and your responsibility to make referrals. We also cover appeals, record retention and candidates who have lived and worked abroad.


09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Key principles

  • how “regulated activity” with children and adults is defined
  • the role of the DBS
  • what might be “disclosed” when a DBS check is made?
  • what leads to an individual being added to the “barred list”
  • employers’ duties and the responsibilities of leaders and staff

Working with the DBS

  • services, access, timeframes, appeals
  • the role of the Police and local authorities
  • checks and “responsible organisations”
  • new identity checking guidelines
  • compliance visits and a new self-assessment programme for Registered Bodies
  • how are barring decisions made?

Making disclosure applications

  • what level of check is permitted for the role?
  • identity verification: the three routes
  • how the update service can assist
  • DBS application forms: common mistakes

Employer FAQs, including:

  • when do you check a current employee?
  • do volunteers need a criminal ecord check?
  • checks on someone who has ived abroad?
  • does a check need to be repeated?
  • when does the duty to refer arise?
  • responding to disclosed information
  • retention of disclosure information

13.00 close, followed by lunch

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