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DBS advice

Posted on 7/11/2014 by Jo Hodge

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TPP and the Disclosure and Barring Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was created following the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Obtaining a DBS clearance enables us to place candidates in particular roles within the NHS, Medical and Public sector. Having a DBS check is a necessity for some of our candidates owing to the nature of some of the work and the environments you may be working in.

TPP are registered with the DBS to use its disclosure services and we are committed to doing this sensitively, appropriately and legally. TPP are committed to complying with the DBS Codes of Practice on using disclosure services and on handling sensitive disclosure information.

What is a Disclosure?

The Disclosure and Barring Service provides wider access to criminal records information through its Disclosure service. This service enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially where it involves working with or around children or vulnerable adults. The DBS replaced the CRB in December 2012; you can find out more on the DBS homepage.

Can I refuse to apply for a Disclosure?

Yes, but this may limit the chance of finding work through TPP, particularly if you are looking for work within the Health and Social Care sectors, as the majority of these roles require clearance before we can place temps on assignment. Therefore, having a DBS clearance can increase the chances of finding work.

How do I get my disclosure?

You can get a DBS certificate through TPP.  Once we have received payment, TPP will process the application for you just as long as you provide all the documentation and information required.

We will take copies of these documents at your registration.

DBS applications are processed through Atlantic Data, and normally take between 2 and 4 weeks.  The completed DBS will then be sent straight to you.

How much will my disclosure cost?

The cost to you will depend on the level of check we will be doing for you; your consultant will provide you with more details based on the kinds of roles you are applying for. An enhanced disclosure will cost you £50.80 and a standard disclosure £34.16. Please note that TPP are not charging for admin, but the charge is by the umbrella body Atlantic Data ( who provide the service for us. We do not charge you for our recruitment services.

Payment can be made by cheque, payable to TPP Recruitment Ltd, or by BACS payment (please ask your consultant for full details).

Portable DBS checks

Portable DBS checks have now been reintroduced.  You can register for the DBS update service here.  Registration lasts for 1 year and costs £13.

We will need permission from you to check your DBS status.  You will be informed when we do check your status.

What if I live or have lived overseas?

Generally you will have to apply to the DBS for an Enhanced Disclosure even if you have lived overseas prior to joining our agency; we may also ask you for an equivalent document from the relevant overseas authorities.

What if I have a criminal record?

Having a criminal conviction will not necessarily prevent you from being put forward for bookings through TPP. We will investigate the nature of any declared or disclosed convictions in order to:

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of the staff and patients
  • Ensure the security of the clients property
  • Protect TPP and our clients reputation and public standing
  • Carry out our legal responsibilities and duties

Any decisions will be taken in the light of a risk assessment against these criteria.