Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Useful Information

(Last updated March 2021)

This page contains information and documents which may be useful to you when requesting DBS checks. It also contains some Young Solutions’ policies related to DBS checks, which you should make available to applicants on request, as well as links to relevant DBS webpages. These contain information about eligibility, ‘regulated activity’ and the different levels of DBS check available.

Young Solutions’ Policies

DBS Eligibility Tool

Use the Eligibility Tool on the DBS website to find out what type of DBS check you can get for a staff member or volunteer.

DBS Application Forms

Young Solutions currently use official DBS paper application forms and these must be obtained directly from us by contacting our office on 01905 795098 or emailing office@youngsolutions.org.uk.

DBS Continuation Sheets

If a DBS applicant needs more space on the DBS application form, eg for additional previous names, address history or other details, you may download, print off and complete by hand continuation sheets as required. These must be returned with the DBS application form. You can find the continuation sheet here.

ID Checking

The applicant must provide a range of ID documents as part of the DBS check application process. The DBS identity checking guidelines give details about the documents that can be accepted for Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks. This includes the document requirements for non-UK nationals who are applying for DBS checks for paid work.

DBS Online Tracking

The applicant or their organisation can use the online tracking service to check the progress of a Standard or Enhanced check which has been sent to DBS, or create an online account to check the progress of Basic checks. You will need the individual form reference number and the applicant’s date of birth.

DBS Update Service

The online Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service allows:

  • applicants to keep their DBS certificates up to date
  • employers to check a DBS certificate

The DBS Update Service costs £13 annually for a paid worker and is free for a volunteer.

Basic DBS check

Any individual can apply for their own Basic DBS check and it is available for people living or working in England and Wales. The check will only show convictions that are not ‘spent’, for example some types of caution will disappear after 3 months.

You must be 16 or over to apply.

It usually takes up to 14 days for you to receive your certificate.

Apply here for a Basic Check.

Links to DBS Webpages

Information relating to work with Children:
Information relating to work with Adults:
General Information:

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