DBS ‘Making Recruitment Safer’ campaign

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The campaign aims to promote the support that DBS can provide to employers.

On the 9th of June 2022, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) started a campaign – “Making Recruitment Safer” – looking to highlight the large range of support they offer employers.

The campaign promotes free training and advice that the DBS can offer to groups and companies of any size – on either the national or regional level.

Support and training cover DBS checks as well as the legal duty to make a barring referral. There’s also the chance to attend tailored DBS training resources and workshops.

In order to promote the campaign, the DBS is working with a broad spectrum of partners in the education, faith and charity sectors. These include the National Youth Agency, the NSPCC, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years and the Strengthening Faith Institutions. These partnerships will help promote the DBS’s support through their networks.

CEO of the DBS, Eric Robinson, stated:

DBS performs a vital role in helping to protect children, young people, and vulnerable adults by supporting employers to make safer recruitment decisions. We are pleased to launch our new campaign to highlight the free training and advice we can provide to organisations through our Regional Outreach service.

This service provides organisations with a single point of contact for all DBS-related queries and questions, as well as the opportunity to access tailored, DBS training for their staff and volunteers. The team also collates feedback to ensure future improvements can be made to DBS services and processes.

The campaign will at first focus on charitable organisations, especially groups that work with children. Both the NSPCC and National Youth Agency endorsed the initiative.

Xyna Prasad of the National Youth Agency said:

The NYA considers DBS to be our first point of contact for advice and support on how we can make fully-informed recruitment decisions and continue to protect children and young people within the sector. DBS is a trusted organisation which supports the sector to make safer recruitment decisions and ensure that we have access to the right and relevant information on DBS checks.