Imagine driving a car along a road and ignoring the signs that the road will shortly be coming to an end. These signs are appropriately places at 90, 60 and 30 meters along the road, but still you ignore them and keep going. After all signs are for other people not you – aren’t they?
Well no actually, so when you get an email saying that your DBS is about to end, always sent at 90, 60 and 30-day intervals – please don’t ignore them or you will be suspended until you get it sorted. That is a waste of time, and very demoralising for everyone concerned. Getting your new DBS before the old one expires is a simple process. If you are in any doubt, speak to your GSL or DC.
In all cases, once the DBS information has been initially submitted; you are still required to validate it before the process is complete.
None of the District Commissioners or myself enjoy suspending people for this reason, but we will do, because DBS checks are the bedrock of us keeping children safe and it’s built into our rules. There are no exceptions.
The problem is, we are suspending people for ‘no valid DBS’ far too frequently.
Similarly, if your role allows you to put someone on Compass for the first time as a new appointment – make sure you are ready to immediately input the DBS required information as well. New appointments have only 30 days to get the DBS information on the system and validated. Be very careful when backdating the start of the appointment, as the 30 days will start on the backdated date, not the date that you create the record. We are currently having too many adults finding themselves in a position where they have just joined us and are then likely to be suspended.
Our DBS processes are extremely important and are here to stay – let’s work with them and not suspend any more adults unnecessarily.