To coincide with the start of National Supply Teacher Week ;-) the Government launched, on 17th June 2013, their new Disclosure and Barring Service. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to form this new service.
The new (optional) annual subscription of just £13 means your DBS certificate will be kept up to date so you can take it from role to role within the same workforce, where the same level and type of check are required. This could save you a lot of time and money!
With your permission, employers / agencies can check the status of your certificate online for free. They will be able to view the results instantly.
There have been teething problems however, as Tina-Louise from Strategy Education points out:
Gavin at Principal Resourcing spoke recently with some of his candidates, who had this to say:
"For myself, the recent changes have been a huge weight of my shoulders as I regularly work through a couple of agencies and am also in the process of applying for permanent positions as well. In previous years I have had to pay each time for a new CRB under various agencies rules- some stipulating that I couldn't work in certain Schools without a CRB through a specific agency. This meant that I was having to pay upto £40 each time, which then had a negative impact on my bank balance if only one agency got me most of my work.
"I have found the new system very user friendly after speaking with Principal Resourcing, also, I am aware now that if I secure a permanent position directly with a School they don’t have to wait for checks to come back and can access my information online. The annual subscription is cost effective in my eyes for supply teachers on the whole also as its one payment, yearly.
"Overall, I have found the new system to be better and straight forward although it took time for my DBS to come back and overall improvement on the system- I wish this had been thought of sooner.
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For more information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure