Bringing a new member to an organization is always a gamble. A totally unknown person can join your staff. When an employee is recruiting someone they do not know the candidate’s real identity or if they have done anything wrong in the past, but it can affect their professional life so much. However, if an employee is recruiting for taking care of the adult vulnerable or children, they have to be extra aware whom they are hiring because a split of wrong decision could be very harmful for those children.
In March of 2002, a Criminal Record Bureau check was introduced to allow employers if the potential candidate has any criminal record, which can be harmful for the post. And which will also give an assurance to the other staff, organization and the people they are going to work with. Then in 2012, a barring part was introduced to the CRB check. And it created a Disclosure and Barring Service check or DBS check. The barring part looks for the people who are barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.
This check is essential to working in few fields, such as:
- Working with children- working with children needs extra care and support. Negligence is not for them. Negligence can permanently scar children. If a person is willing to work with children in a school or in a foster home or for personal care service, they must require the checking to be done, to prove that the person is fit for the job profile. And in terms of checking a barred list is provided.
- Working with vulnerable adults- working with vulnerable adults is not an easy job. An ideal candidate will need love for them, patience, and a lot of care to provide. If someone is applying for the job to work with vulnerable they must fulfill few things first. The applicant will require the enhanced checking to be done. Which will prove that the person will provide all the care and support to the vulnerable adults? They will provide all the facilities such as teaching, care, advice, supervision, medical treatment, transport, training etc.
In the UK criminal information is protected, one can only know someone’s criminal history if they have applied for enhanced checking. Not all people are eligible to that, only the organizations or businesses which work in the field of social welfare or child protection. Normally an employer asks the applicant for the checking. An employer gets a check from any registered umbrella body, and then they will give the applicant to fill out the form. After filling out the form the applicant will give it back to the employer with all the required documents. The employer will send all the information along with the form and identity proof to the registered umbrella body. After the relevant checking, the employee will receive the DBS certificate to their residential address; it will take almost 4 weeks. After that they can present it to the employer. The employer will do the final task by checking if the applicant is suitable for the job or not.