Tutor, Sofia Ali has recently trialled the DBS update service and let us know how she got on, and how easy it was to use the service. 

It was the easiest thing in the world to register for the service and it costs me £13 per year.  As a freelancer, every authority I worked for asked me for a DBS certificate and it just made sense to subscribe to the service so that I or they, would not have to continually apply for it

How to do it:

Once a teacher has received a current DBS certificate they need to go the .gov website/dbs and register for the service within the first 20 days of receiving their DBS and set up payment on line.  I used PayPal, then there is no need to worry about it again.  You have to give organisations the number on your latest DBS and give them permission to check it online.  Some schools like you to show them your DBS when you arrive and that is fine because you print it off and take that with you in case you need it.

I would encourage everyone to do it, it has made my life a lot easier.


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