New role for DBS in checking extremist activity

The counter-extremism strategy recently announced by the Prime Minister includes strengthening the role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), to ensure anyone with a conviction or civil order for terrorist or extremist activity is automatically banned from working with children and vulnerable people.

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Police can disclose criminal investigations before conviction

From CIPD’s People Management magazine:

The police will be allowed to use their professional judgement to make safeguarding disclosures about individuals prior to conviction, where they believe there is a public protection risk (a “pressing social need”) because of an individual’s employment or voluntary role.

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Intro to record checks for employees

The Head of Business Services for Voluntary Norfolk, which manages the Charity BackRoom service, has written a useful introduction to Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal records) checks for NCVO’s website.

It covers such things as Standard versus Enhanced level checks, knowing which type is required (and when not to request one) and timings.

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Mental health in DBS checks – new guidance

Official guidance has been issued to police forces to exclude irrelevant or partial information on mental health issues being included in disclosures to potential employers, under DBS checks.

A People Management article gives more details, and suggests that although this will be welcome to those who have suffered mental health crises, it may cause difficulties for employers hiring employees to work with vulnerable groups. While DBS searches will still provide employers with the information necessary to protect vulnerable groups, police may not understand what is “necessary” for a particular client base.

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Short leaflets from Disclosure and Barring Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service has a number of new short leaflets, available in pdf and hard copy.

Very short, with just one side of A4 of information, is ‘Disclosure application process for volunteers‘. The publication page says “You can use this booklet to explain the DBS check process to volunteers.”

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