What documents are required for a DBS check?

As part of a DBS check, the applicant must complete the ID checking stage before the application is forwarded onto ourselves. In order to complete the ID checking stage the applicant must show the employer the correct relevant documents in order to satisfy one of the three ID checking routes. Below is the full list […]

Integrate your DBS system with APCS

At APCS we continually develop our system to provide the fastest turnaround times and the most efficient service for ordering online DBS checks. We have now developed a bespoke API that allows your company to integrate directly with APCS to provide fully automated DBS checks. The fast turnaround times provided by our system will allow […]

Where is my DBS check and why is it taking so long?

Where is my DBS check? APCS are committed to providing the fastest turnaround times for criminal record checks. Despite this, some applications may take longer, due to circumstances out of our own hands. Below is our complete guide to DBS escalations and processing times. Why is my DBS check taking so long? From our experience […]

What are the DBS Application Form Stages?

Once you have submitted your application form it will go to your employer’s umbrella body for countersigning, subsequently it will go to the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). If your application is a Basic or Standard DBS check, it will go through the first 2 Stages shown below and then skip to Stage 5. If […]

What is the DBS Update Service?

The Update Service is an online subscription service provided by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). The Update Service automatically keeps your DBS certificate up to date and allows new employers to check your certificate online. Sometimes this is referred to as having a ‘portable’ or ‘transferrable’ DBS. Can anyone apply for the Update Service? […]

Do parent volunteers need DBS checks?

If parents volunteer within a school they may be required to complete a criminal record check. It is therefore crucial that the correct level of check is requested for each role. Below is our complete guide to DBS checks for those volunteering in a school. What level of check does a volunteer require? If the […]

DBS Checks for Recruitment

Employers are increasingly conducting DBS checks on their staff prior to employment. In some cases, a DBS check is a legal requirement for a job role whilst for others it allows an employer to make a more informed recruitment decision. Below is our summary of each level of DBS check so you can get the […]

Is a DBS check portable between employers?

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How long is a DBS check valid for?

From our experience in processing DBS checks, one of our most frequently asked questions is: when does a DBS check expire? This can cause great confusion in the recruitment process, particularly with regards to renewing existing checks. Below is our complete guide to DBS renewals and expiry dates. When does a DBS check expire? Put […]

7 ways to ensure your company stays compliant in 2019

Register with an umbrella body Registering with an umbrella body allows you to conduct Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on your staff to ensure peace of mind during the recruitment process. Umbrella bodies countersign and check the level of each DBS application to ensure that employers are meeting the legal requirements when requesting a […]