We know that completing a DBS check can seem like a daunting task, especially if you have not completed one before, but fear not, we are here to tell you about some of the most common problems that can delay a DBS check or even mean that it could be withdrawn from the process if it is not filled out correctly.

This almost certainly results in a new check having to be submitted, and another fee incurred.

Names, Names and More Names!

First, and probably the most common problem that Total Screening comes across is quite simply, a name!

As part of the DBS application process, you are requested to declare all the names you have ever been known by, including when you were known by them.

This is so that police can check the correct individual and receive accurate and true information on that person. If you do not declare a name that you have ever been known by, DBS will surely pick up on this and raise a DBS conflict.

If names are found to be missing, DBS will declare your application ineligible and withdraw it from the process altogether!

Be sure to declare all your names, in full and ensure you provide information to your employer (who checks your ID evidence) of any names changes you may have had and when these happened.

It’s All Aabout the History!

Secondly, and just as important as your name, is your address.

The DBS, and police must search your address history for the last 5 years. If you fail to declare an address within the 5-year address history, the DBS will find your application ineligible and withdraw it from the process.

Ensure that you list all the addresses you have lived at, even if these were only temporary, to avoid your application being thrown out.

Another common piece of information that is sometimes forgotten is if an individual lives in a flat, the flat number/letter must be included.

Are You Really Eligible?

The most crucial part of a standard and enhanced DBS check is that you are in fact, eligible to receive one.

Your job role, what you do and who you work with, makes you eligible.

There is lots of legislation that surrounds an eligible DBS check and Total Screening are experts in this field, if we do say so ourselves!

If your check cannot be supported with the relevant legislation and workforce (which vulnerable groups, you work with) then it can be found ineligible and be withdrawn from the process.

This could result in serious consequences for both the organisation requesting the check and the registered body if continuous ineligible applications are processed. It may seem like we are being annoying, but if Total Screening come back to you and ask for further information, it’s highly likely that we are ensuring your checks are correct and all is good to go over to DBS.

For more information on eligibility, contact the experts in the office who will gladly help.