Some roles at the University require a Criminal Records Check. If you are offered a post which requires a criminal conviction check, your offer of appointment will be conditional upon an acceptable DBS certificate.
In December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to create the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Like the CRB, the DBS is an executive agency of the Home Office. Also like the CRB, DBS provides a checking service for organisations recruiting staff into positions of trust which include regulated activity involving close and unsupervised contact with either children or vulnerable adults as part of their job. In such cases, a certificate (previously known as a 'disclosure') is obtained.
The DBS will carry out a criminal record check for an individual drawing on four primary sources of information:
Managers assess each role against guidance on eligibility and regulated activity. If you are offered a post which requires a criminal conviction check, your offer of appointment will be conditional upon an acceptable DBS certificate. The University will fund the check.
The University will not discriminate unfairly against anyone subject to a DBS certificate on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. No checks can be applied for or issued without the consent of an individual applicant.
Eligibility guidance can be found on the Home Office Website
Standard checks can be requested for any positions covered by the Exceptions Order 1975 to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This contains details of all convictions on record (including spent convictions), plus details of any cautions, reprimands or warnings. Example of roles at the University might include chartered accountant and legal executive.
Enhanced checks can be requested for positions that involve regulated activity with children and adults. This involves an extra level of checking with local police force records in addition to checks with the Police National Computer and the government department lists held by the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health, where appropriate. Example of roles at the University might include academic staff undertaking research or student supervision with children and/or in schools, staff employed within Hope Park Sports, student counsellors.
The definition of regulated activity relating to children comprises only:
Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;
Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: for example, schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers;
Work under above is regulated activity only if done regularly.
Relevant personal care, for example washing or dressing; or health care by or supervised by a professional;
Registered childminding; and foster-carers.
The definition of regulated activity relating to adults comprises people:
As an organisation using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help assess the suitability of applicants for positions of trust, the University complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice regarding the correct handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of disclosures and disclosure information. It also complies fully with its obligations under the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation pertaining to the safe handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of DBS disclosure information ("Disclosure Information"). See Handling of DBS certificate information Policy Statement.
Information on the process can be found on the DBS webpages.
You will be guided through the process by one of our Personnel Administrators.
Tel: 0151 291 3331
Jane Fitzgerald, Personnel Administrator
Tel: 0151 291 3245
Karen Lindon, Personnel Administrator
Tel: 0151 291 3755