Wednesday, April 30, 2014

An Overview of DBS Checks and What They Are Used For

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There are many types of job which require certain legal checks to be carried out on you prior to you being offered the role. Previously known as CRB checks (completed by the Criminal Records Bureau), these now fall under the responsibility of the Disclosure and Barring Service (or DBS). The Independent Safeguarding Authority has also become part of new governmental department.

When might you need to have one?
Generally, DBS checks would need to be carried out if and when you are applying for a job role which has a particular level of sensitivity or risk involved in it. For example, those who want to work in a care home, teachers wanting to take a role in a new school, or those looking to become foster parents would almost certainly be required to have a DBS check done on them.

What if you are unsure if you need one?
In most cases an employer will tell you if they want you to have a DBS check done, and will usually provide the relevant information on how to get this done. However, if you have any concerns about what this entails, or think you are being asked unnecessarily to complete one, there is a list of the roles which are eligible for DBS checks on the Government’s website.

How the DBS checking process works
Whilst it may sound daunting, the process for getting a DBS check done is actually very straightforward. In most cases, your employer or potential employer will provide you with an application form to complete at your earliest convenience. Along with your filled out form, you will also need to provide some form of identification - usually in the form of a passport or driving licence (your employer will take a photocopy of it so you don’t lose your original document).

The employer will then send your forms and documentation to the DBS themselves, before a certificate is issued to you if and when you have passed the assessment. You’ll be required to provide this to your employer before a date that has been agreed with you. It’s also possible to sign up to an online service to view your certificate online - this can be sent to the employer in a digital format - great if they are a company keen on ‘staying green’!

DBS check prices
Unfortunately it does cost a bit of money to have a DBS check done, but as it’s a legal requirement for a surprisingly large number of job roles, it’s well worth the money. The amount you will need to pay depends on the level of checks that your employer requires. For basic DBS checks, which include information on spent and unspent convictions and cautions, it costs £26, and takes approximately two weeks for the certificate to be issued.


You can also get an enhanced check - costing £44, which will look into any information that could have an effect on you getting a specific job role. For example, it’s very likely that those who are planning on working in a school with children will need to have an enhanced check done due to the sensitive nature of such a position.

Book recommendation: Identical by Scott Turow


Two families entangled in a long and complex history of love and deceit . . . Twenty five years ago, after a society picnic held by businessman and politician Zeus Kronon, Zeus’ headstrong daughter Dita was found murdered. Her boyfriend, Cass Gianis, confessed to the crime. Now Cass has been released from prison into the care of his twin, Mayoral candidate Paul Gianis, who is in the middle of a high profile political campaign. But Dita’s brother Hal is convinced there is information surrounding his sister’s death that remains buried – and he won’t rest until he’s discovered the truth. Hal’s employee, former FBI Special Agent Evon Miller, teams up with Tim Brodie, a retired police officer, to investigate. After all this time, can they find evidence to place Paul Gianis, the ‘innocent’ twin, at the scene of the crime? Soon Paul will find himself struggling to hold his campaign together amidst Hal’s increasingly damning allegations. But what does the mayoral candidate really have to hide? And why has Cass Gianis vanished? A gripping masterpiece of dark family rivalries, shadowy politics and hidden secrets, Identical is the stunning new thriller from bestselling author Scott Turow, writing at the height of his powers. Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book recommendation: The Verdict by Nick Stone


Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly? With the trial date looming, Terry delves deeper into Vernon's life and is forced to confront secrets from their shared past that could have devastating consequences for them both. For years he has wanted to witness Vernon's downfall, but with so much at stake, how can Terry be sure that he is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that justice is done? Packed with twists, turns and an unforgettable trial scene, The Verdict is the most page-turning British legal thriller in many years. Available from Amazon.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book recommendation: RTA Allegations of Fraud in a post-Jackson Era: the Handbook by Andrew Mckie


A practical, concise and easy to read handbook dealing with allegations of fraud in personal injury RTA cases. From LVI to alleged staged accidents, this book covers all the main fraud topics including relevant cases, law and practical guidance that can be used by both junior and more senior fee earners in day-to-day practice in this complex and evolving area of law. Andrew Mckie is a Barrister at Clerksroom Manchester specialising in claimant and defendant personal injury, with a particular interest in cases involving alleged fraud and credit hire. He was called to the Bar in 2011 and before that was an Associate Solicitor and Solicitor Advocate. Before qualifying as a barrister, Andrew had over six years of advocacy experience as a Solicitor. He worked for a number of leading firms and dealt with both RTA fraud and credit hire and worked for both claimant and defendant firms. Most recently, he was the Head of Litigation and In-House Solicitor Advocate at a claimant personal injury and credit hire firm. Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Book recommendation: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks



A gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using P.G. Wodehouse's much-loved characters, Jeeves and Wooster, fully authorised by the Wodehouse estate. Bertie Wooster, recently returned from a very pleasurable soujourn in Cannes, finds himself at the stately home of Sir Henry Hackwood in Dorset. Bertie is more than familiar with the country house set-up: he is a veteran of the cocktail hour and, thanks to Jeeves, his gentleman's personal gentleman, is never less than immaculately dressed. On this occasion, however, it is Jeeves who is to be seen in the drawing room while Bertie finds himself below stairs - and he doesn't care for it at all. Love, as so often, is at the root of the confusion. Bertie, you see, has met Georgiana on the Côte d'Azur. And though she is clever and he has a reputation for foolish engagements, it looks as though this could be the real thing. However, Georgiana is the ward of Sir Henry Hackwood and, in order to maintain his beloved Melbury Hall, the impoverished Sir Henry has struck a deal that would see Georgiana becoming Mrs Rupert Venables. Meanwhile, Peregrine 'Woody' Beeching, one of Bertie's oldest chums, is desperate to regain the trust of his fiancée Amelia, Sir Henry's tennis-mad daughter. But why would this necessitate Bertie having to pass himself off as a servant when he has never so much as made a cup of tea? Could it be that the ever-loyal, Spinoza-loving Jeeves has an ulterior motive? Evoking the sunlit days of a time gone by, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a delightfully witty story of mistaken identity, a midsummer village festival, a cricket match and love triumphant. Available from Amazon.