New year, new job? December is traditionally a very slow month in the jobs market as recruiters and applicants are on holiday, at staff Christmas lunches or generally just winding down towards the end of the year. However, many companies start their new financial year at the beginning of January, and may still be recruiting during the festive season. If the jobs you are looking at require a DBS check, is there anything specific which you need to know about getting a DBS check at Christmas?
The Disclosure and Barring Service has made no secret of the fact that it wants to embrace changing technology and make things easier for anyone applying for a disclosure check. The latest upgrade in their services was announced at the start of November 2019, when they announced a new Twitter account for the service. At present, the DBS is not active on other social media sites such as Facebook or Instagram.
The UK is currently hurtling towards an unexpected General Election, the first December election in decades. Across the nation, thousands of candidates are standing in 650 constituencies. The deadline for registering to stand as a candidate has passed, so you can now check who’s standing in your area and decide who to vote for. If your current MP is standing down, then you may be unfamiliar with all the people who are campaigning for your vote. How do you know they’re trustworthy – do all MPs need a DBS check?
It’s perhaps understandable that there is a lot of confusion about the Disclosure and Barring Service. Three different levels of disclosure checks, different systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland and separate rules for volunteers – it’s all very complicated. In most cases, understanding everything about the DBS system isn’t necessary. As long as you know how to fill in the form and what identity documents to provide, getting your certificate should be easy. Also, if you’re getting your DBS check for a job, your employer usually has someone who can help you. In other circumstances though you’re on your own. One of the least understood aspects of the system is the Update function. What’s it all about, and is it worth joining?
Have you ever been in trouble with the law? Most of us will remember if we’ve ever been arrested or been through the court system. But even if nothing as serious as that has happened, there aren’t many of us who get through life without a few points on our driving licence or a parking ticket. Is all of this information stored away somewhere, and could it come back to appear on a DBS certificate?
Of all the things we use to identify ourselves, our name is the most important. The question “What’s your name?” seems simple. But for many people, it’s not that straightforward. And when it comes to filling in the paperwork for a DBS check, it’s important to list all the names you have been known by.
There’s lots of jargon around DBS checks, and it can soon get very confusing if you aren’t legally trained. Terms like caution, unspent or charge might be second nature to police and legal professions but confusing for the lay person. Here’s our quick rundown to the most common police and DBS jargon, and what it means for your disclosure certificate.
In any part of life where money changes hands, there is the opportunity for fraud and scams. We like to think we’d easily be able to spot someone ripping us off, or attempting to steal our identity. But is that really the case? The number of cases of fraud reported to the police are rising each year. So when it coms to DBS checks, what are the scams you should be looking out for?
A lot of the coverage about the ongoing Brexit negotiations regards the rights of workers to be in the UK. The way this topic is discussed, you’d get the impression that this is something new. That’s’ actually not the case, and employers are already running lots of checks before taking someone on. Some of these checks are compulsory, and others, like DBS are optional. There is a lot of confusion though about how all the checks work now, and will do in the future.
Thousands of students are excitedly confirming their University places after receiving their A-level results. For many students, taking up a university place goes hand in hand with getting a part time job to support their studies. A move into the world of work might mean a DBS check too, but are there special DBS rules for students?