The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has announced good news for employers and employees who are subject to criminal record checks in England and Wales. From 17th June individuals will be able to subscribe to an update service which will keep their criminal record certificate up to date and allow them to transfer the certificate when they move to a new job with similar checking requirements.
Registration will cost £13 per year and will be free for volunteers. Employers will be able to check current and prospective employees' certificates online for free to find out whether any changes have taken place.
The DBS was set up in December 2012 to replace the Criminal Records Bureau system. Under the old system, CRB certificates only showed convictions which were "live" at the time the certificate was issued. The new system allows certificates to be kept up to date and the DBS will regularly search gor any changes. Certificates will be issued to individuals rather than to the employer (or other registered body) so that the contents can be challenged if incorrect before they are sent on to the employer.
It is hoped that the new system will speed up the recruitment process and improve protection of vulnerable groups. Employers will benefit from free online checks and employees will have greater control of their data to prevent incorrect data being held about them.