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The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks

Whatever type of carer an employer is looking for, DBS (CRB) checks can be very helpful when making a hiring decision. Learn more on how they can help.

The background on DBS (CRB) / PVG checks

Disclosure and Barring checks (formerly CRB checks) are searches through criminal records and other sources, including the Police National Computer. While they aren’t always 100% accurate or complete, they can be very helpful when making a hiring decision, because they can uncover potential warning signs about candidates. Whatever type of carer an employer is looking for, a DBS (CRB) check can help reveal things like criminal conduct. In Scotland these are called PVG checks.

 

The importance of DBS (CRB) / PVG checks

Reviewing DBS (CRB) checks is a key step in finding quality care because it can reveal information that wouldn’t come up during in-depth interviews or reference checking. On care.com, as a carer you will have indicated on your profile whether or not you’ve completed a DBS (CRB) check, but carers’ DBS (CRB) checks have not been verified by Care.com.

 

Families will use whether or not they’ve completed a DBS (CRB) check as a preliminary screening tool to narrow their list of candidates, but all potential employers should ask carers to bring their DBS (CRB) checks to their interviews so that they can be reviewed. Carers with nursery experience, OFSTED-registered carers, and all childminders should have recent DBS (CRB) checks. Carers studying childcare or early years education who have worked in nurseries to complete their qualifications should also have recent DBS (CRB) checks. Other types of carers who have worked with children or vulnerable adults should have recent DBS (CRB) checks as well. This is also true of PVG checks in Scotland.

 

Stand out by showing off your documents and certificates

You can upload images of your DBS (CRB) / PVG Check, First Aid Certificate, Childminder Certificate, CV, Driver’s Licence, and Passport. Families are looking for trustworthy carers; prove your trustworthiness by uploading your credentials today.

 

 



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  1. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    lesley collins | Wednesday,October 23.2013

    I would like to arrange for the above safety/security checks to be carried out on myself,please advise how i go about arranging thisRegards

  2. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Louise Barrett | Friday,October 25.2013

    Hi Lesley,

    It’s Louise from Care.com here. Our MemberCare team would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about DBS/PVG checks! Please email them on – MembercareUK@care.com.

    All the best,
    Louise

  3. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Patricia Lubi | Thursday,November 07.2013

    HelloI have just joined, as Petsitter/walker, can you help me with DBS/PVG checks please, as i do not have a clue.Thank you for your helpPatricia

    • The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
      Louise Barrett | Friday,November 08.2013

      Hi Patricia,

      It’s Louise from Care.com. Thanks for getting in touch, and it’s great to have you on Care.com! Our MemberCare team would be happy to help you, please email them at MemberCareUK@care.com.

      All the best,
      Louise

  4. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    lesley collins | Friday,November 29.2013

    Good Morning,I have downloaded & submitted my document in respect of CRB but it has not updated on my profile page ? please advise if there is a problem, thank you Lesley

    • The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
      Louise Barrett | Monday,December 02.2013

      Hi Lesley,

      Thank you for getting in touch again. It may just take a little while to update on your Care.com page — but please do email MemberCareUK@Care.com again and they will be able to double check that that’s the case.

      Best,
      Louise

  5. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Raheesa | Thursday,December 26.2013

    Hi’ am new member here, I had DBS done sometime beginning of this year, will this be ok to use again or does it need updating again. If it does could you please let me know how to go about it. Thank you.

    • The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
      Louise Barrett | Wednesday,January 01.2014

      Hi Raheesa,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As far as renewing DBS checks goes, it’s all dependent on your prospective employers requirements. There’s no official ‘expiry date’ to DBS checks, it will be up to potential employers to check the date of your DBS check and decide whether they think it’s necessary to get a new one. Each DBS check is accurate on the date they are issued, so many employers will want a DBS check done (regardless of the applicant having had one previously) just before they finalise a hire. I hope that all makes sense!

      If you do decide to refresh your DBS check in the future, please give our Member Care team an email on MemberCareUK@care.com — they’ll be able to assist you with getting the necessary checks sorted via Care.com!

      All the best,
      Louise

  6. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    cristina ionela | Thursday,February 13.2014

    Hi,my name is cristina ,i’m 33years,i’m am mother two children,lovely children,i’m am a trustworthy,friendly,reliable person.

  7. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Anna | Wednesday,April 16.2014

    Hi, I want to ask you for information if I must enter a DSB / PVG checks or if you ask for it themselves or with them if somehow you can help with DSB / PVG checks. Thanks for your reply Regards Anna

  8. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    Sigrid Daniel | Wednesday,April 23.2014

    Hi Anna, we can help you generate a DBS / PVG check, I have sent your query onto Member Services and someone will be in touch soon! Best, UK.Care.com

  9. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    rgeddis | Friday,July 11.2014

    Hi Jean,

    We will forward your info to Tinies, who we’ve partnered with to offer DBS checks, and they will follow up with you on the process. I have told my colleagues to follow up with you on this and they will be in touch shortly.

    Robert.

  10. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    rgeddis | Friday,July 11.2014

    Hi Claudia

    We will forward your info to Tinies, who we’ve partnered with to offer DBS checks, and they will follow up with you on the process. I have told my colleagues to follow up with you on this and they will be in touch shortly.

    Unfortunately we cannot help with Ofsted registration as you need to do that directly with Ofsted.

    Robert.

  11. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    rgeddis | Friday,July 11.2014

    Hi Joanne,

    Tinies will contact you directly and you will receive the check. It is up to you to post it on your Care.com profile. You do not have to upgrade to Premium to obtain a DBS check.

    Unfortunately I cannot see that you have uploaded any documents on your account. You can go to the ‘My Documents’ page of your account and upload the files there. Do you need more specific instructions? I can send them to you.

    Robert.

  12. The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks
    rgeddis | Friday,July 11.2014

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Tinies will contact you directly and you will receive the check. It is up to you to post it on your Care.com profile. You do not have to upgrade to Premium to obtain a DBS check.

    Robert.