Vetting News

CRB Rebranded - DBS

As of 1 December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merges with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to form the all new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

New BS7858: 2012

The new version of BS7858:2012 is published to be applied by 1st May 2013 with significant amendments and updates.

Nova Introduces International Vetting

Nova Risk Management introduces International Vetting services including criminality checks and employment verification.

Criminality Checks

The DBS (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) was established in April 2002 by the Government to implement Part V of the Police Act 1997.

The organisation was set up to help make safer recruitment decisions. By providing wider access to Criminal Record information, employers are helped to identify a candidate who may be unsuitable for certain work.

There are three levels of Disclosure:

Basic Disclosures are available for all types of employment and voluntary positions not covered by the higher-level Disclosures. The basic disclosure contains details of convictions held on the Police National Computer (PNC) that are 'unspent' under the Rehabilitation of the Offenders Act 1974. The Basic Disclosure will not be issued to organisations directly. Instead it will be made available to individuals on request when they are seeking employment. All organisations are entitled to request that any applicant who is offered employment should obtain a Basic Disclosure before they are confirmed in a position, although the applicant is under no obligation to comply with the request. The Basic Disclosure was introduced in April 2002, after this date it was an offence for organisations to require applicants to run police checks on themselves under Section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Standard Disclosures applies to positions exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and relates particularly to certain sensitive areas of employment, such as jobs involving regular contact with children and adults. The Standard Disclosure contains details of both spent and unspent convictions, as well as cautions, reprimands and final warnings held on the PNC.

Enhanced Disclosures applies to posts involving greater contact with children and vulnerable adults, for example jobs involving caring, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children and vulnerable adults. The Enhanced Disclosure contains the same information as the Standard Disclosure along with non-conviction information from local police records if that is thought to be relevant to the position being applied for and, where appropriate , will search the barred Child & Adult lists.

The Standard and Enhanced Disclosures can be made only by organisations that have been registered with the DBS, Staffvetting is fully registered. Application must be made with the express agreement of the individual concerned and signed by both the applicant and the registered body. Nova Risk Management is part of Staffvetting.com Limited.