A* Star Equivalency has been registered with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS – previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau) since 2007 and has extensive experience in the processing of DBS applications. We act as an intermediary between the DBS and employment organisations, charities and individuals to provide a fast and efficient service across London.
The benefits of using A* Star Equivalency
A DBS is a document containing information held by the police and government departments that is used by employers and voluntary organisations to help them make safer recruitment decisions.
There are two levels of Disclosures:
Anyone who has regular contact with children and/or vulnerable adults in their working environment must have an Enhanced DBS including teachers.
In addition to the information provided on a Standard certificate, the Enhanced certificate involves an additional check with the police, who check if any other information is held on file that may be relevant (for instance, information that has not led to a criminal conviction but may indicate a danger to vulnerable groups). The police decide what (if any) additional information will be added to the certificate using the Quality Assurance Framework.
The involvement of local police forces can mean an enhanced check may take significantly longer than a standard check to be completed.
Additional benefits of using an electronic system are:
For further information regarding the DBS application process, please contact our Compliance team on 0207 272 7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Most DBS applications are processed quickly, but there is no guarantee as to the time it can take to clear.
If you have subscribed to the DBS update service, then A* Star Equivalency can check their certificate online.
What is Enhanced with Barred List Checks?
This includes all that Enhanced certificate offers, plus a check of the appropriate DBS Barred List. There are two DBS Barred Lists; one for adults and one for children. The lists contain information on whether the applicant is barred from working with either of the two groups. An individual may only be checked against one or both barred lists if their job role is classified as a 'Regulated Activity' with children and/or adults under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
Who can ask for a DBS check?
Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. A* Star Equivalency is a licensed (Registered) body and can carry out Enhanced DBS checks for teaching/ school staff. We offer this service free for our teachers from overseas. Job applicants cannot undertake a criminal records check on themselves.
A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was issued. It is up to an employer to decide if and when a new check is required.
Applicants and employers can use the DBS update service to keep a certificate up to date or carry out checks on a potential employee’s certificate.
NB* YOU WILL NEED TO BRING IN ALL YOUR ORIGNAL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE YOUR DBS APPLICATION BEFORE SUBMITING PAYMENT - WE WILL BE ASKED BY THE DBS & POLICE TO VERIFY THE INFORMATION YOU SUBMIT WITH THE APPLICATION.
Please contact our Compliance team on 0207 272 7070 or email email@example.com
You can register online as soon as you receive your application form reference number. You can request the number when you apply for your DBS check, or you can wait and register with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate.
If so, you must do so within 19 days of the certificate being issued.
To check the progress of your DBS certificate use the DBS tracking service.
Registration lasts for 1 year and costs £13 per year (payable by debit or credit card only).
You’ll get an ID number with your registration that you need to log on to the service.
When you join, you will receive an online account that enables you to:
Read the detailed guidance for applicants.