DBS checks, policies and procedures
What is a DBS check?
The DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and merges the functions previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
You can find out more on the Home Office website.
Courses subject to DBS checks
If an offer of a place is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check, this will be indicated in the relevant course entry. The University requirement is that all individuals who will be working unsupervised with children or vulnerable adults gain an enhanced disclosure certificate from the DBS before starting their course.
You will either need to attend a DBS session at the University or apply for the DBS via the Post Office. The charge is usually £52 although some health-related courses do not have to pay. Further information will be sent to those offered a place.
Declaring any convictions, cautions or bind overs you have received
If applicable, when completing the application form you should declare any convictions, cautions or bind overs you have received. This is irrespective of when you received them or whether you consider them to be 'spent' or of insufficient consequence to report them. You will also be asked to declare further details of any previous offences at interview stage but these will not be looked at in detail unless you are offered a place.
If, before applying, you would like advice as to whether a previous offence is likely to prevent you entry onto a particular course you are welcome to write in confidence to:
The Admissions Manager,
North Holmes Road,
Please mark the envelope as 'private and confidential'.
If you have convictions, cautions or have been bound over, you are not automatically barred from studying Health related or Primary Education programmes – we consider each applicant separately. What is important is that you are open with us about your past.
Where an applicant declares a conviction, caution or bind over, we make an academic decision first. Once this has been completed, those offered a place will be asked to submit further information concerning their circumstances, and then a decision will be made as to whether to confirm the offer.
If you fail to disclose information that subsequently comes to light through the DBS process, you will face the likelihood of having your offer of a place withdrawn.
Applicants with current DBS certificates from other organisations
We can only accept Enhanced DBS certificates from other organisations where they are dated after 17 June 2013 AND have been registered with the DBS Update Service. This service costs £13 for the year and MAY enable a certificate to be used by other organisations dependent upon whether any additional information has occurred since the DBS certificate was issued.
Further information on this service is available on the Government website
Applicants living outside of the UK
If you are a non-UK resident, you must go through the UK DBS process when you start your course. It is expected that students from those countries where a further check can be made, must also go through this process. This is often called a Certificate of Good Conduct or similar. You must obtain this in addition to the UK DBS process. Guidance and advice on obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct or similar can usually be obtained through the country’s embassy.