DBS checks made simple

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Getting to grips with security checks and validation can be overwhelming. Here at SecuraSeal, we have over 30 years’ trusted experience in event security. Here’s our guide to employee checks...

The Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) was formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. If an employee will work with vulnerable people, such as in healthcare or with children, then a DBS check can be carried out.

There are four different forms of DBS check.

A basic check shows unspent convictions and cautions. Organisations can’t request this kind of check; the individual must apply themselves and then share it with their employers.

  • A standard check shows spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.
  • An enhanced check shows the same as a standard check plus information that local police have that is considered relevant for the role.
  • The final level is an enhanced check with barred lists. This adds to the enhanced check by including information on whether someone has been barred from doing the role.

These checks are not freely available, and there are restrictions on the type of roles that can be checked. It's against the law to not employ someone for spent convictions if it is not relevant to the role. Organisations running these checks should have a policy on the employment of ex-offenders.

When you are planning an event, you need access to the extensive knowledge and expertise we have built over 30 years in venue and event security.

Our experience is trusted by a number of leading football clubs, for whom we have created bespoke accreditation systems. With our event accreditation and security films, we have worked on massive events like the 2012 London Olympics, Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

SecuraSeal also offers 24-hour technical support and backup and training on systems and equipment.

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