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DBS Update

User AvatarPosted by at 29/11/2013 15:30:24

Safeguarding and the DBS Referral Process update

The DBS has re-issued it’s guidance on it’s referral process, bundling 5 useful documents on one web page

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act of 2006 places a duty to refer on employers (including managers of volunteers) to refer any person who has:

  • Harmed or poses a risk of harm to any child or vulnerable adult
  • Satisfied the harm test
  • Received a caution or conviction for a relevant offence

So it is important to know what to do if you suspect an employee or volunteer of falling into any of the three categories above.

The documents contained on the above web page should be read in conjunction with the DBS factsheets which can be found here

These documents give you guidance on when to refer, so if you are unfamiliar with the reasons to refer someone, this is essential reading!

Key points to note:

  • Referrals should only be made on people who are working in ‘regulated activity’ so you need to have a clear understanding on what Regulated Activity is
  • The referral rules relate to ‘relevant offences’ so read the fact sheet on relevant offences
  • The referral rules relate to the ‘harm test’ so read the fact sheet on the ‘harm test’
  • Another key point that is always worth mentioning is that the DBS will not investigate the referral, they rely on the investigatory work being done by the employer and/or local authority safeguarding team, this means all relevant information should be sent and thoroughly investigated before sending..
  • If you do suspect a crime has been committed contact the police
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