Have you ever wondered what happens when you submit a DBS check?

Well look no further! Let’s break down what happens to a check once it’s submitted to DBS.

DBS will receive your application within a few hours of its submission from Total Screening. This quick uploading process means that your application will begin its searching process straight away.

There are 5 stages that a check will go through and ultimately complete. Upon completion, the applicant is sent an official certificate through the post, direct from DBS.

  1. The application is received and validated by DBS.
  2. All levels of DBS check are checked against the PNC (Police National Computer) for any cautions, convictions, reprimands and warnings.
  3. For Enhanced checks, the application is sent to the relevant local police forces where the applicant has lived. Local police may provide additional information that is considered relevant to the role.
    For positions involving work with vulnerable groups, the applicant is checked against the Children’s and/or Adults’ Barred Lists to ensure they are not barred from working with these groups.
  4. For enhanced checks, a further check is conducted on any records that may be held by relevant police forces.
  5. Once all the searches have been completed, a certificate is printed and issued to the applicants address as stated on their application form.

Once the applicant receives their certificate, their employer may wish to see it so that a safe and informed recruitment decision can be made, based on what the applicant’s job role is.

The time it takes to conduct a DBS check can vary depending on the level of check being requested and the complexity surrounding the individual, with enhanced checks usually taking the longest to turn around. This is because of the detailed searches that take place to ensure vulnerable groups are safeguarded.

There you have it!

If you have any queries about the DBS process, our support team are here to help.