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The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks

Whatever type of carer an employer is looking for, DBS (CRB) checks can be very helpful when making a hiring decision. Learn more on how they can help.

The background on DBS (CRB) / PVG checks
Disclosure and Barring checks (formerly CRB checks) are searches through criminal records and other sources, including the Police National Computer. While they aren’t always 100% accurate or complete, they can be very helpful when making a hiring decision, because they can uncover potential warning signs about candidates. Whatever type of carer an employer is looking for, a DBS (CRB) check can help reveal things like criminal conduct. In Scotland these are called PVG checks.

 
The importance of DBS (CRB) / PVG checks
Reviewing DBS (CRB) checks is a key step in finding quality care because it can reveal information that wouldn’t come up during in-depth interviews or reference checking. On care.com, as a carer you will have indicated on your profile whether or not you’ve completed a DBS (CRB) check, but carers’ DBS (CRB) checks have not been verified by Care.com.
 
Families will use whether or not they’ve completed a DBS (CRB) check as a preliminary screening tool to narrow their list of candidates, but all potential employers should ask carers to bring their DBS (CRB) checks to their interviews so that they can be reviewed. Carers with nursery experience, Ofsted registered carers such as a childminder should have recent DBS (CRB) checks. Carers studying childcare or early years education who have worked in nurseries to complete their qualifications should also have recent DBS (CRB) checks. Other types of carers who have worked with children or vulnerable adults should have recent DBS (CRB) checks as well. This is also true of PVG checks in Scotland.

 
Stand out by showing off your documents and certificates
You can upload images of your DBS (CRB) / PVG Check, First Aid Certificate, Childminder Certificate, CV, Driver’s Licence, and Passport. Families are looking for trustworthy carers; prove your trustworthiness by uploading your credentials today.

 

 





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  1. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    lesley collins | Wednesday,October 23.2013

    I would like to arrange for the above safety/security checks to be carried out on myself,please advise how i go about arranging thisRegards

  2. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Louise Barrett | Friday,October 25.2013

    Hi Lesley,

    It’s Louise from Care.com here. Our MemberCare team would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about DBS/PVG checks! Please email them on – MembercareUK@care.com.

    All the best,
    Louise

  3. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Patricia Lubi | Thursday,November 07.2013

    HelloI have just joined, as Petsitter/walker, can you help me with DBS/PVG checks please, as i do not have a clue.Thank you for your helpPatricia

    • The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
      Louise Barrett | Friday,November 08.2013

      Hi Patricia,

      It’s Louise from Care.com. Thanks for getting in touch, and it’s great to have you on Care.com! Our MemberCare team would be happy to help you, please email them at MemberCareUK@care.com.

      All the best,
      Louise

  4. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    lesley collins | Friday,November 29.2013

    Good Morning,I have downloaded & submitted my document in respect of CRB but it has not updated on my profile page ? please advise if there is a problem, thank you Lesley

    • The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
      Louise Barrett | Monday,December 02.2013

      Hi Lesley,

      Thank you for getting in touch again. It may just take a little while to update on your Care.com page — but please do email MemberCareUK@Care.com again and they will be able to double check that that’s the case.

      Best,
      Louise

  5. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Raheesa | Thursday,December 26.2013

    Hi’ am new member here, I had DBS done sometime beginning of this year, will this be ok to use again or does it need updating again. If it does could you please let me know how to go about it. Thank you.

    • The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
      Louise Barrett | Wednesday,January 01.2014

      Hi Raheesa,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As far as renewing DBS checks goes, it’s all dependent on your prospective employers requirements. There’s no official ‘expiry date’ to DBS checks, it will be up to potential employers to check the date of your DBS check and decide whether they think it’s necessary to get a new one. Each DBS check is accurate on the date they are issued, so many employers will want a DBS check done (regardless of the applicant having had one previously) just before they finalise a hire. I hope that all makes sense!

      If you do decide to refresh your DBS check in the future, please give our Member Care team an email on MemberCareUK@care.com — they’ll be able to assist you with getting the necessary checks sorted via Care.com!

      All the best,
      Louise

  6. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    cristina ionela | Thursday,February 13.2014

    Hi,my name is cristina ,i’m 33years,i’m am mother two children,lovely children,i’m am a trustworthy,friendly,reliable person.

  7. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Anna | Wednesday,April 16.2014

    Hi, I want to ask you for information if I must enter a DSB / PVG checks or if you ask for it themselves or with them if somehow you can help with DSB / PVG checks. Thanks for your reply Regards Anna

  8. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Sigrid Daniel | Wednesday,April 23.2014

    Hi Anna, we can help you generate a DBS / PVG check, I have sent your query onto Member Services and someone will be in touch soon! Best, UK.Care.com

  9. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Ernest Mpabanga | Monday,February 16.2015

    Very informative and useful website given that CRB and DBS tend to intimidate people thinking its of fault-finding.

  10. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Rebeca | Tuesday,July 05.2016

    Hello!I would like to know how I can get the CBR or DBS , Where can I process it ? How much?thanks

    • The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
      rgeddis | Thursday,July 07.2016

      Hi Rebeca
      Unfortunately we don’t currently offer DBS checks.
      A third party must request a check on you and there are 3 types of checks that can be conducted:

      Standard (£26)
      This checks for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

      Enhanced (£44)
      This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the role being applied for.

      Enhanced with list checks (£44)
      This is like the enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists.

      You can find more information on DBS checks from the HM Government website: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview

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