Upcoming Changes to the Disclosure & Barring Service
Over a period of months the government has been making minor changes to the way DBS Checks (formally known as CRB Checks) are conducted. Most of the changes to date have had little impact on how First Class Supply has managed this important and essential safeguarding check.
This month there will be a big change which should be of a positive benefit for our Supply Teachers and Assistants. The Disclosure & Barring Service have confirmed that from 17 June the new Update Service will come into effect which will change dramatically how DBS Checks are processed.
From this date, as an applicant, only you will receive a copy of your DBS certificate – which is a change from both the Employer and Applicant receiving a copy. The other important change is the introduction of the Update Service which will allow any new employers to check if your DBS certificate is still valid.
It is important to note as a Supply Teacher or Assistant, registering to the Update Service will remove the need to apply for additional DBS Checks, as employers will be able to check online if there are any changes to the information on your current check. So it is important to remember that if you apply for a DBS Check with anyone that you also register with the Update Service.
This will allow us more flexibility and allow us to ensure that new candidates joining us can have their essential safeguarding checks completed more quickly. It will also allow us to have you working in schools more quickly too.
As more information comes to light about the changes we will keep everyone informed. As far as we are aware it will not affect current CRB/DBS holders so you will still be able to work on your current check. It will however allow for much more flexibility moving forward.
A copy of the guidance for applicants can be found below: