A church or organisation needs to be registered with a DBS processing body like Thirtyone:eight. Those applying for checks need to provide all their addresses for the last five years and the dates lived there. They also need original identification such as a passport, driving licence and birth certificate.
Once the application has been submitted and received, the DBS check it for any mistakes. Within 24 hours of receipt it is added to the DBS computer system or returned if any corrections are needed.
The DBS then search the Police National Computer, a nationwide computer database that allows them to check a person’s criminal record for any cautions, warnings, reprimands or convictions. If a check at an enhanced level is needed, this step will check the lists of those barred from working with those groups. Records held by the local police are also checked.
The length of time it takes to complete this step depends on previous address history. The more previous addresses held by the applicant, the longer this could take. When these steps are completed, the applicants’ DBS certificate is issued and posted to their home address.