In just a few weeks, our way of life in the UK has been turned upside-down. Coronavirus or Covid-19 has sparked the biggest health emergency in a century. We’re all doing the right things by staying at home, and limiting contact with others.
Everything takes longer and seems more complicated when you’re not familiar with the website and the forms you have to fill in. When you’re dealing with government forms there is often an added layer of complication.
Getting your DBS certificate is the final stage in the disclosure process. It’s an important piece of paper. Getting your certificate in the post means filling in the application form, proving who you are, and allowing the DBS to do their checks.
Anything which speeds up turnaround times is good news, right? Well, the latest change designed to speed up basic DBS checks might not be so great if you don’t follow the rules. The changes concern the address history on the form.
Each and every day, hundreds of us submit our applications. And usually, things progress very smoothly. Fill in the application form, prove your identity and address, then just sit back and wait for the certificate to arrive in the post.
It’s a common misconception that applying for basic disclosure checks is a hassle. It’s certainly true that there’s some admin and paperwork involved. But it doesn’t have to be incredibly time consuming.
It sounds like a very simple question. How do you define a child? Legally though, there is no straightforward answer. In England, children over the age of 10 have criminal responsibility, meaning they can be prosecuted if they commit a crime.
It’s natural to feel some degree of confusion over the different levels of DBS checks. For a start, the system has changed name over the years. We used to talk about Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB checks.