The most common question we get asked at Care Check is ‘how long is a DBS valid for?’

This subject can cause a lot of confusion, but contrary to popular belief DBS checks do not have an official expiry date and this is largely down to the fact that the information is only 100 per cent accurate at the time the certificate was issued.

Consequently there will be no specific date that will deem information to be inaccurate. It is the employer’s responsibility to determine how often they require their staff DBS checks to be renewed.

DBS checks are an essential part of the safeguarding program so employers must ensure all certificates are renewed on a regular basis for best practice – if you are unsure whether your staff need their DBS checks renewed, the employer will need to refer to the issue date on the hard copy certificate for quick reference.

Some organisations have set policies surrounding when they should request rechecks and this timescale can vary from six months to every two years. If a company is regulated by a body such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or Ofsted then they would need to refer to them to see what timescales are in place.

Often employers will be required by law to carry out new checks for the child and adults barred lists depending on what type of job role the employee will be doing.

If you need any more information regarding DBS renewal periods, please call us on 03000 200 190 and we will be happy to help.

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