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Barred Lists – What do they Mean?

Ever since the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) ceased to exist in 2012 and the new body called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) took over in England and Wales, there has been a bit of confusion over what the service does and what the Barring part of the DBS means. Here’s a simple run down of what the barred lists are, and how they may affect you if you’re applying for a job.
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Could Employers be Banned from Asking You About a Criminal Record?

It’s one of those questions which is fairly typical on job application forms in the UK – “Do you have any criminal convictions?” Employers can then use the information given by the candidate on the form to decide whether or not to employ them. However, a report published by a government committee has led to a campaign totally change the way we ask candidates about their criminal past, and what people should be expected to disclose.
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Work Experience and DBS

It’s a rite of passage for many British teenagers – spending a week or two working in a local company to get a feel for the world of work and make some contacts which could help them in their future career. Work experience is usually organised between parents, schools and the young people themselves, and usually no payment changes hands. It’s a system which works well, but there are often worries about keeping on the right side of legislation designed to protect children and vulnerable adults.
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I Have a CRB Certificate, do I Need a DBS?

Although the Criminal Records Bureau ceased to exist in 2012, there are still many workers who have their old CRB certificate stored safely at home. The way we talk about police checking is slow to change also, and you’ll still hear people talking about “getting a CRB check” done rather than using the new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) terminology. If you’re employing for a job which requires some level of DBS checking, will your employer accept your existing CRB certificate, or will you have to go through the process again?
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Changes to DBS System Coming Soon

We’re living in an increasingly online world. More and more of our dealings with the government from job seeking to filing a tax return are being moved online. There are lots of advantages to doing things digitally; it’s quicker, cuts down on the amount of paper, and allows users to track documents and correspondence over time. The latest official system to be partially moved online is the DBS service, the system used for carrying out police checking on people applying to work with children or vulnerable adults.
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How Do I Know my Child’s Nursery is Safe?

One of the most difficult decision any parent faces is which childcare provider to use for their very young child. It can be daunting to select a nursery to care for a baby or toddler for as many as 50 hours a week, and parents want to be sure that they are selecting the very best setting for their child. There are however a few key things to look at to decide whether a nursery is a good and more importantly safe place to send your child.
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Uber and DBS

Taxi company Uber hit the headlines again recently when Transport for London withdrew licence to run taxis in the capital. One of the main concerns raised by TfL was the procedures used by Uber to make sure that their drivers were safe and competent, and that they had no criminal records which could make them unsuitable as drivers. So what is the real story behind TfL’s withdrawal of the Uber operating licence?
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Seasonal Working – Does Santa Need a DBS Check?

Taking your kids to see Santa is a time-honoured British tradition, but times change and with increasing awareness of child protection issues, does anyone employing a Santa in a department store, or someone volunteering to stand in for Santa at a charity event need to have a DBS check?
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What Everyone Needs to Know About GDPR

Taking effect in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) heralds a complete rethink in the way the employers handle our data. It replaces the current Data Protection legislation, and even with the progress of Brexit, GDPR will still become law in the UK.
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