DBS System Update

The Disclosure and Barring Service announced a short while back the transformation of their internal system to be totally digital, project name R1. They have recently highlighted the start of the change with Basic checks first and then standard and Enhanced later in the 2017/2018. This is a more complex system and undertaking . Cataphract are fully supportive of the changes which will enable a smoother and slicker process for all involved.

We will provide enough warning and training when the new system becomes live and functional.

Cataphract and DBS Volunteers

In March, Cataphract saw a steep rise in the amount of volunteer applications made, showing our commitment to support CSR and local community schemes. Out of all the DBS applications processed last month, 35% were volunteer applications which is a testament to the partnerships we have forged over the last 12 years.

If your community or CSR project would like to support of Cataphract, please reach out and let us know.

Child and Adult workforce summary from the DBS 

DBS checks for roles that are based in both the child and adult workforces where the role is eligible for an enhanced check in one workforce, but only a standard check in the other.

An example of this is a cleaner who is contracted by an agency to work in schools (or any other specified establishment) and also general hospitals. This individual meets the conditions for working in a specified establishment and is eligible for an enhanced DBS check in the child workforce, but only eligible for a standard check in the adult workforce for their work in general hospitals.

Before submitting an application, you should carefully consider the level of check that is applicable for the role in each workforce. In the scenario above, we wouldn’t expect you to submit two separate DBS checks. You should follow these guidelines, to ensure that the correct workforce is applied, this should reduce delays that may otherwise occur. When you are sure that one workforce is only eligible for a standard check, but the other is eligible for an enhanced (with or without a barred list check), you should submit an enhanced level application but only enter the enhanced workforce. In this example, only the child workforce should be entered. This means that the appropriate workforce checks will be conducted at the police force and will reduce delays that can occur at this stage.

We’d like to reassure you that when the certificate is issued for dual purposes as in the example, you’ll still receive the same information for the standard level workforce (this includes details of spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings) as if you had submitted a separate standard DBS application. If you do need to submit a separate standard only level application for a DBS check, you should still enter the relevant workforce to avoid it being rejected on submission.


of all application in March 2017 were volunteers