DBS Processing Service

Worcester Volunteer Centre is a registered umbrella body with the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously the Criminal Records Bureau) and runs a DBS Processing Service

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We offer:

  • Support from a trained professional team
  • Initial training for your own verifier
  • Daily appointments for DBS checks at a central Worcester location
  • Help with developing your policies and procedures;

For more information or to make an appointment to discuss your needs, contact our DBS Processing team on: dbs@wvc.org.uk or call 01905 24741.

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Stages of the DBS checking process

The DBS checking process involves several stages before an applicant receives their certificate.

Stage 1 – application form received and validated

The application form is checked for errors or omissions. Within 24 hours of receipt the form is either scanned onto the DBS computer system or returned for correction to the countersignatory.

Stage 2 – Police National Computer is searched

Stage 3 – children and adults lists are searched, where applicable

Stage 4 – records held by the police are searched

Enhanced checks are sent by secure, electronic means to the police for an additional check of local records before the information is sent back to the DBS.

Stage 5 – DBS certificate is printed

All the information to be disclosed is printed under highly secure procedures and sent to the applicant.

Types of Check
Organisations that are entitled to use the DBS checking service can ask successful job applicants to apply for one of the following types of check depending on the job role:

  • standard check – details of an individual’s convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings recorded on police central records and includes both ‘spent’ and ‘unspent’ convictions
  • enhanced check – the same details as a standard check, together with any information held locally by police forces that it is reasonably considered might be relevant to the post applied for
  • enhanced with a barred list check:
  • child barred list information is only available for those individuals engaged in regulated activity with children and a small number of posts as listed in the Police Act regulations, for example prospective adoptive parents
  • adult barred list is only available for those individuals engaged in regulated activity with adults and a small number of posts as listed in the Police Act regulations
  • child and adult barred list is only available for those individuals engaged in regulated activity with both vulnerable groups including children and a small number of posts as listed in the Police Act regulations
  • adult first – an individual can be checked against the DBS adult barred list while waiting for the full criminal record check to be completed.

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