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About Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

​​​​​​Why do I need a DBS check?

If you are going to work as a paid employee, or as a volunteer for an organisation, and your work will bring you into contact with children or vulnerable adults, you may be asked to apply for a DBS check. For example, if you are going to work as a teacher, care worker, scout and guide leader, registered childminder, sports coach, youth club worker, foster carer or adoptive parent.

How do I make an application for a DBS check?

You will need to speak to the person who told or asked you to apply for a DBS check. You will need to complete a paper application form handed to you by the person who asked you to apply.

You will have to provide evidence of your name, address and date of birth, to help the person who asked you to apply confirm your identity. ​

If you are trained as an ID verifier, you will need to complete a declaration form. You will send this in with the DBS application form.

What documents do I need to produce?

In order to confirm your name, date of birth and current address, there are various identity documents that the ID verifier may ask you to produce.

You'll need to find out which documents are required with the person who told or asked you to apply for a DBS check.

How do I get an application form?

DBS application forms are available only to organisations that are registered directly with the DBS, or who use the services of an organisation that is registered with the DBS. The DBS does not currently offer an electronic application form or a form that can be downloaded from the internet. If you need a form, you will need to speak to the person who told or asked you to apply for a DBS check.

How do I pay for my DBS check?

Payment for a DBS check can be made by personal cheque made payable to the Treasurer of the States or by postal order. If you are a volunteer, the DBS will issue the DBS check free of charge. ​You can find the DBS definition of a volunteer further down this page.

How much is a DBS check?

How do I find out if I am eligible to get a DBS check?

The Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (Jersey) Regulations 2002 list the types of work, employment or professions on which you can legally obtain a DBS check. You can contact the Jersey Vetting Bureau, who can advise you.

Alternatively, your employer is ultimately best placed to assess whether a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure is required for a specific role, bearing in mind their legal and other responsibilities.

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (Jersey) Regulations 2002 on Jersey Law website

How long does a DBS check take?

The DBS aims to process 90% of standard checks in 10 days and 90% of enhanced checks in four weeks from receipt of application.

What is the DBS' definition of a “volunteer”?

The DBS will issue a disclosure free of charge if the person, for whom a disclosure is required, satisfies the following criteria: ‘a volunteer is a person who is engaged in any activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travelling and other approved out of pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to close relatives’.

Can I challenge the information revealed on my DBS check?

Yes. If you have received the results of your DBS check and there is an error on it, or you wish to dispute any of the information revealed, call the DBS enquiry line immediately (0870 9090811). Disputes must be raised with the DBS within three months of the date of issue of the disclosure.

Can I start work before the DBS check is completed?

This will depend upon your employer or in some cases the law. Check with your employer directly.

I am employed, but have only had a police check, never a DBS check; must I now be checked? Who will pay for my check?

Whether you are entitled to a DBS check will be dependent upon whether your role is eligible under the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (Jersey) Regulations. Your employer is best placed to make this assessment.

If your role is eligible, it will become obligatory to have a DBS check. The responsibility for payment for your DBS check should be discussed with your employer.

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