There is a lot that an individual should learn when it comes to background checks. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) along with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have together collaborated and rebranded as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) who now conducts DBS
checks. Every DBS check was initially a CRB check and would ideally follow the same protocol.
For the protection of specific vulnerable groups of people, the CRB or DBS checks assist in ensuring the appointment of suitable people to these roles, within certain types of work.
A DBS check enables employers to go over the criminal records of current and potential employees to ascertain whether or not they are suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children. Many companies have mandatory requirements that certain positions require such a test and that individuals should be able to go through them and should not have certain marks on their record.
Not only do they search through the applicant’s criminal record history for the employer to make a proper recruitment decision, but provide additional information with the requirements for DBS Disclosures and different levels varying from one organisation to the other, depending on the sector and the employee’s description.
Depending on the requirements, there are various types and levels of the DBS checks.
- A basic disclosure is available for anyone living within the UK. It is not only available to the employer but individuals and employees as well. The search checks the applicant’s criminal history for any unspent convictions.
- The standard DBS check is available to employers and can only be obtained on behalf of their employees. It goes through the applicants’ criminal history for any cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions (both spent and unspent)
- The Enhanced DBS Check is like the standard DBS, only available to employers. It goes through the applicants’ criminal history for cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions
(both spent and unspent). Furthermore, an enhanced check can also search the barred lists to check whether the applicant was barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.
With the current drop in the employment rate in the UK, with the jobless claim soaring by more than 100% over the last couple of months and almost three million people out of work, it only makes sense for employers to begin handling background checks on the people they hire.
The new normal is that companies incentivise employees to work remotely, to assist with staying safe and keeping others safe, while also adhering to the Government rules of the number of people who can meet at an office.
The challenge becomes, they have not met a lot of the people working for their company, which is why background checks make it easier to find out if the person they are hiring is a good fit or not. With every passing day, background checks are becoming the norm since connecting with previous companies is also becoming a challenge during the Coronavirus with a lot of them shutting down.