Can You Start Work Pending A DBS Check?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) carry out checks to ensure that people working with children and vulnerable adults are safe enough to work with them. DBS checks can also be used for other jobs that need to have responsible and honest people, such as handling cash.
Employers that apply safeguarding requirements such as schools, health care, care homes, etc. all require a valid DBS certificate before an employee can resume work. They must ensure that they employ someone who isn’t barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.
A DBS check can take as long as eight weeks to process and complete, and even longer if there are inconsistencies in the information provided on the application form.
For instance, the application can take longer if you recently changed your name or traveled a lot, which means your address history is all over the place. There is no way to speed up this process, as the DBS doesn’t offer a VIP service.
We recommend that you read the form very carefully and do not make mistakes when giving your information, as that can lead to a long waiting time before your certificate is ready and posted out to you.
So what if you get a job offer before the DBS certificate arrives? What are the options for you and the employer? Let’s find out.
Can You Work Without A Valid DBS Certificate?
The answer depends on the nature of the job. If you are still waiting for your application to be processed, some employers might allow you to start. However, some organizations can’t do this, as they are restricted by law. If you work directly with vulnerable adults and children, you will not be able to get started.
Some companies allow you to start, but keep a close eye on your activities.
Each employer has its own DBS check policy, so ask about it during the interview and find out where they stand.
Employees need to get an Enhanced DBS check for a position of trust. This includes hospital workers, teaching very young children, or any job classed as a regulated activity.
An Enhanced DBS check requires a more thorough check of an applicant’s criminal record and history. Often it includes a barred list check. Employers need to know that the applicant has no record of offenses that may endanger children or adults.
For jobs of that nature, it is against the law to start working without a certificate. Any problems that occur as a result starting early could result in problems for you and the employer.
Ideally, the Disclosure and Barring Service should complete your check before you resume your job to avoid any workarounds.
However, complications sometimes arise due to inconsistent information or waiting for the local police to deliver criminal records.
Applying for a DBS check online can help to speed things up. The results often arrive more quickly and you are less likely to make a mistake on the application form.
Find out how you can apply online today by getting in touch with one of our team.