11 May 2017
The States of Jersey is reviewing existing employee records to ensure police checks are up to date for all relevant staff and that they meet new, more stringent requirements. Anyone whose work involves contact with children or vulnerable groups needs a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
All staff working in relevant roles are being contacted to ensure they have an up to date certificate that meets new safeguarding procedures, or to offer them help in getting one.
The project is being run by Human Resources with assistance from a specialist company - GBG Online Disclosures – to ensure the process is simple for staff and is fast, automated and cost effective.
The States of Jersey will pay for the checks of all permanent and fixed term contract employees, as is currently the case. A rolling programme of revalidation will then update the checks every three years.
Staff applying for a new, or enhanced, DBS certificate can do so online with help available at a series of drop-in sessions. Staff will need to verify their identity and complete the checking process, or produce a current, valid DBS certificate.
It’s estimated this project will cost between £170,000 and £200,000.