There is no legal requirement to obtain a new DBS Certificate as far as the DBS is concerned.
Buckinghamshire County Council has adopted a policy to ensure employees are appropriately checked on a regular basis.
Breaks in service
Staff who have a break in service of longer than three months are deemed to be new starters on any return to work with the council.
Staff will usually be required to have a new DBS check on returning to work.
Maternity and sick leave are excluded as a break of service.
DBS check renewal
DBS check renewals are usually once every three years.
They are recommended specifically for:
- staff who work on a one to one, often unsupervised basis with children, young people or adults at risk of abuse e.g. social workers, education welfare officers, home carers
- staff who work at a number of locations and/or work with minimal supervision e.g. supply teachers
- staff who have had relevant previous convictions cautions
- staff who have given cause for concern
- staff who present higher risk concerns e.g. who may have spent considerable time living and/or working abroad.
Employees transporting vulnerable groups, e.g. taxi drivers on behalf of the council, will still be required to have DBS check renewals once every three years.
There is a general expectation that staff and volunteers working in schools will not be required to obtain DBS check renewals.
A head of service or headteacher is responsible for determining which occupations and areas fall into the above categories. There is a corporate expectation that staff working in high risk and sensitive areas would be included automatically.
A Head of Service / Headteacher is expected to consult with the Safeguarding in Employment Team before determining which staff are required to be rechecked.