Are you confused about DBS checks?
Do you feel like you don’t know where to start with applying for one?
North Herts & Stevenage CVS can help
DBS checks were previously called CRB checks.
NHCVS are registered as an umbrella body with the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) which means that we can process DBS applications for you, your staff and volunteers.
It is recommended that DBS certificates are renewed every 3 years.
Do you need a DBS?
There is a common misunderstanding that anyone who works with young people or vulnerable adults requires a DBS check, this is not necessarily the case.
As an umbrella body NHCVS must ensure that all DBS applications are lawful before submitting them, so please ensure that you have checked this eligibility before making an appointment.
Please note that NHCVS is registered to carry out Standard and Enhanced checks only.
If you require a Basic check this must be completed online through the DBS website:
DBS Appointments with NHCVS
If you would like us to oversee your DBS application, you will need to make an appointment with us.
All appointments are currently done via Zoom.
We are open 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Please call 01462 689400 to make an appointment.
Identity Documents Required
The person requiring the check will need to provide original identification documents.
We cannot accept copies of documents.
We suggest you provide:
- Current passport
- Photocard Driving License
- Tax forms/ council tax bill/ utility bill/ bank statement with your current name and address on them, which is less than 3 months old and not printed from the internet
- Marriage or Birth certificate (if no passport)
- National Insurance number (on either a p45 or p60)
If you have moved within the last 5 years, previous address details, including postcodes, will be required.
If you have changed your name, you will need to provide documents and details of the name change, including the date that your name changed.
For more information about DBS checks and suitable identification, please visit the DBS website.
there are two elements to the cost: the DBS charge and the NHCVS admin charge
DBS Checks are not free for paid staff. There is a cost, dependent on the level of check required for the role.
Standard DBS Check
Enhanced DBS Check
Checks are FREE for volunteers and unpaid staff within voluntary organisations.
NHCVS Administration Charges
Whilst DBS checks are FREE to volunteers / unpaid staff, please note that North Herts CVS charge an administration fee for each application carried out. Our charges are as follows:
For North Herts CVS Members
£12 per check
For other community and
voluntary groups and individuals
£18 per check
For commercial groups and others
£25 per check
Off-site charge administration charge
From £25 per hour
The DBS Update Service
The online Disclosure and Barring Service update service allows applicants to keep their DBS certificates up to date, and employers to check a DBS certificate.
The applicant must pay £13 per year to have their certificate renewed annually.
YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF YOUR CERTIFICATE BEING ISSUED.
For more information about the Disclosure and Barring Service, the application process or tracking please visit their website.