How long does it take to receive my DBS Certificate?


On average the process can take 3-4 weeks (but may take longer if you have lived at various addresses).



What do I receive from the DBS?


You will receive a certificate from the DBS stating whether or not you have a police record and, where appropriate, will confirm that your details have been checked against the list of those banned from working with vulnerable adults or children.  In order for The Education Specialists to verify the DBS certificate you must contact head office for them to take a copy.



Is my DBS Certificate portable?


Yes, if you register with the DBS Update Service.  Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service



What happens if I have a previous conviction(s)?


Having a criminal record will not necessarily stop you from working with The Education Specialists. This will depend on the circumstances and background of the offence(s) and the time elapsed.



What happens if I have a criminal conviction during employment?


It is important, if you have a criminal conviction, that you disclose this information to The Education Specialists as soon as possible.  You will be asked to attend an interview to explain the background and circumstances regarding the conviction.



Who will know about my criminal record?


If a criminal record is revealed through a DBS check, the Managing Director and the HR Manager will know the details of the convictions.



The information on my Certificate is wrong – what can I do?


If you think that any information contained on your Certificate is wrong, please contact the DBS Certificate Dispute line on 0870 9090 778 who will advise on their dispute procedures.



Can I refuse to apply for a Certificate?


It is compulsory to check your details against the list of people banned from working with children. The Education Specialists is obliged to insist on a DBS Certificate from all agency workers.



How long are Certificates valid?


A Certificate carries no period of validity. The information it contains reflects the position at the date of its issue. The close this date, the more reliance can be placed on its content.  For those agency workers who are subscribed to the DBS Update Service, ongoing status checks are carried out on the Certificate (minimum 6 monthly).



Do teachers from overseas need to be checked?


Yes.  Overseas teachers will be treated the same as any new employee.



How long does a teacher newly arrived from overseas need to live in the country before a Certificate is carried out?


If the teacher has lived in this country previously, a Barred List Check can be done immediately.  Those who have not lived here previously should contact their embassy to seek a letter of good conduct.  Where an applicant is from a country where criminal record checks cannot be made, extra care must be taken in taking up references and conducting other background checks including asking probing questions at interview. The Education Specialists will also make an application for an enhanced DBS Certificate as part of our recruitment process.




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