The DBS Update Service is a government initiative that provides an online platform for individuals to keep their criminal record information up-to-date and easily accessible by employers. This service is particularly beneficial if you work in a role that requires frequent background checks, such as healthcare or social work.
For the carers and nurses, we partner with at Search, the importance of their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check being carried over from each role to the next is vital.
This service reduces the need to apply for multiple certificates when you move from one job to another in the same workforce or when a recheck is required - saving you time waiting for a new disclosure when applying to a new organisation. This will also give you more flexibility in the roles you are offered and can accept.
How it Works
To use the DBS Update Service, you must first apply for a DBS check through their employer or other registered organisation. Once the check is completed, you can then register for the Update Service online and pay an annual subscription fee of £13. By doing so, you give permission for your DBS certificate to be stored and updated electronically.
Benefits of Using the DBS Update Service
The DBS Update Service offers several benefits for both individuals and employers.