Do DBS Checks Expire?

The most common question we get asked at Care Check is ‘how long is a DBS valid for?’ and the answer may surprise you. 


How Long Is A DBS Valid For?

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (also known as disclosure) doesn’t have an official expiry data. This is because the information included in the check is accurate to the time it was carried out. Because of this, employers must decide how often their staff needs their DBS checks to be renewed to ensure they have the most accurate information on an employee. Most authorities suggest this should take place every 3 years.

Some 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.

How often should a DBS Check be renewed?

While official recommendations suggest a DBS check renewal every 3 years, some​ organisations have set policies surrounding when they 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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