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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking service

We provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking service for organisations to help them carry out appropriate security checks to protect their customers and themselves.

As a trusted body we can perform checks for a range of organisations, and our fully trained staff provide support and guidance at every stage  of the process.

Request our Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking service

Contact us to request an appointment for the service email dbs@harborough.gov.uk or call us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on 01858 821304 or 01858 821307. All appointments will be scheduled for Wednesday afternoons.

We cannot provide our checking service directly to self employed people due to Disclosure and Barring Service restrictions. 

Charges

We charge the standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) fee plus a handling fee of £10 for each check.

There is a small fee for using a credit card but no charge for using a debit card.

Process for the checking service

When you contact us we will:

  • Ask you for some basic information, including the level of check required
  • Take payment for the service
  • Send you the forms for completion (you can also arrange to pick these up from the concierge at The Symington Building)
  • Arrange an appointment date at The Symington Building where you will be asked to return the completed forms and provide identification
  • We will check your forms, verify your identification and submit your form to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

You will then receive your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)certificate in the post. 

Different levels of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

There are 3 levels of Disclosure and Barring Service checks available: standard, enhanced and enhanced check with barred list check. We comply with the Disclosure and Barring Service Code of Practice and, as such, checks will only be carried out if they are proportionate and relevant to the position concerned and comply with the Disclosure and Barring Service eligibility criteria

Standard check

Standard checks contain details of all spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings from the Police National Computer (PNC).

The standard check is available for certain specified occupations, licences and entry into certain specified professions. To be eligible for a standard level Disclosure and Barring Service check the position must be included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.  

Enhanced check

Enhanced checks contain the same Police National Computer information as the standard check but also includes a check of police records held locally.

To be eligible for an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check, the position must be included in both the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and in Police Act Regulations, and relate to those carrying out certain activities with children or adults, applicants for gaming and lottery licences and judicial appointments. 

Enhanced check with barred list check

This level of check includes the enhanced check and a check of the children’s or adults’ barred lists. The barred lists are lists of individuals who are unsuitable to work with children and/or adults.

To be eligible to request a check of the children’s or adults’ barred lists, the position must meet the 2012 definition of regulated activity.