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Safeguarding update – December 2013

by Chris Mew

In the issue of 14th June (p.620) a brief update was given of changes to the process and requirements for DBS (criminal records) checks, and I should like to draw attention to an aspect that was not made clear at the time. 

It was stated that with effect from 17th June 2013 all NEW applications for a DBS certificate (including renewals) would be eligible to have the applicant register for a new Update Service. Anyone applying to use the Update Service will pay £13 per year (free for volunteers) and their records will be continually updated.

The following should be specially noted: 

(1) The update service is only available to those having new or renewed DBS certificates after 17th June 2013. 

(2) There is a further condition that application for continuous update must be made by the applicant either at the time of completing a DBS check form or within 14 days of receipt of the new DBS certificate. Anyone requiring the Update Service after that period has expired will require a new DBS application. 

CHRIS MEW
CCCBR Vice President

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