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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check policy

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Catch22 reserves the right to amend this policy, following consultation, where appropriate.

Date of last review: February 2023

Date of next review: February 2026


Catch22 uses the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to assess the suitability of individuals to work with children and vulnerable adults within the Catch22 Group. We are required by the DBS Code of Practice to have a written policy that is supported by a procedure for the use of disclosures. This policy must be made available to all applicants subject to the DBS checks process.

What is the policy about?

The policy should be read in conjunction with our Equality and Diversity Policy and takes into account the Protection of Children Act 1999, the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, the Care Standards Act 2000, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Police Act 1997 and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act Exceptions Order 1975 (the Exceptions Order).

Who is the policy for?

All those involved in the recruitment process, either as recruiting manager, interviewer or administrative support are affected by this policy.

It is the responsibility of Line Managers to ensure that they and their staff understand the policy, their accountability and supporting procedures and are able to work with them in practice.

Policy statement

Catch22 uses the DBS checks service to assess the suitability of individuals to work with children and vulnerable adults within the Catch22 Group. In doing so, we undertake to comply with the DBS Code of Practice.

In using DBS checks, we undertake not to discriminate unfairly against any person who is the subject of a DBS check on the basis of a conviction or any other information revealed. However, the safety of our young people, and vulnerable adults will always be paramount.

Catch22 is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff, sessional workers, volunteers, young people and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, or offending background. We have a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders which is made available to all DBS check applicants at the outset of the recruitment process.

We actively promote equality of opportunity based on talent, skills and potential, and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. As an organisation working largely with under supported and often vulnerable young people or vulnerable adults, we have a special responsibility to ensure that our staff, sessional workers and volunteers are safe to work with our young people or vulnerable adults.

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