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Identification and DBS Checks

There are several parts to the DBS application process, culminating in having your form issued. The first part of the process is confirming your identity, both to make sure you are who you say you are, and that the checks are carried out on the correct person. This is especially important if you have a relatively common name such as Karen Brown or Stephen Smith; there may be dozens of other people with your name living in the UK.
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How NPPV Vetting Differs from DBS

If you’ve been looking at making a move into working with the Police, you’ve probably seen the term NPPV. NPPV stands for Non-Police Personnel Vetting and applies to people who are working with the Police but who aren’t police officers. This could cover roles such as CCTV operators, administration staff, people working for the Immigration Service and police management personnel.
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Employing Someone With a Criminal Record

Would it surprise you to learn that an estimated 25% of the UK population have some sort of criminal record? Around 10 million of us have had some sort of brush with the law in the past, so the chances are that if you’re employing people to work in your business, you’re going to have some applicants who have a criminal record. But is this necessarily an issue?
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Challenging Information on a DBS Certificate

We all make mistakes at work. Nine times out of ten these mistakes are fairly minor, don’t impact on our lives to any extent and are easily remedied. But what happens if the Police have made a mistake on your records and a DBS check which you expected to show no crimes and convictions comes back showing offences which you know you couldn’t possibly have committed?
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Post Office Identity Checking

The first part of any DBS check id to prove you are who you say you are. This is the case whether you’re applying to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in England and Wales, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) in Scotland or AccessNI in Northern Ireland.
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Employment and Spent Convictions

On all job applications we are required to provide the same general information, i.e.. Name, address etc. On most applications you will be asked if you have a criminal record and dependent on the post, a DBS check may be carried out to verify this.
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What is a regulated activity in accordance with the DBS

An Enhanced and Barred list DBS check is more detailed than a standard or enhanced DBS check, it includes a check of people listed as being barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. This check shows any criminal convictions including, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and formal warnings together with any information held on the police computer.
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BPSS, BS7858, DBS and FCA – What Does It All Mean?

The huge range of different options which employers in the UK have for screening staff can be confusing, especially as so many abbreviations and acronyms are used. Here are some of the most common types of screening, along with a brief explanation of where they are used to help you interpret the jargon.
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Telling Lies About Your Criminal Record

We’ve all been there – applying for your perfect job, absolutely desperate to impress, secure that interview and start work. It wouldn’t hurt to tweak the truth a little, would it? Maybe inflate your A-level grades a bit, make up something interesting to do as a hobby and talk up previous experience? And what about that criminal record section, surely there’s no harm in forgetting to declare that minor scuffle outside a pub or a theft charge?
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