Making a barring referral
Tuesday 29th August 2017
What is a referral?
A referral is information provided to the DBS about a person, which will help them consider if the person should be added to a barred list, and therefore prevented by law from working with children or vulnerable adults. The content of a referral is vital in helping the DBS to make fair, consistent and effective decisions, and preventing unsuitable people from working in regulated activity.
The DBS confirmed in their newsletter earlier this year that they had received 4,824 referrals from Employers, regulatory bodies and other employment providers between the 1st April and 30th November 2016, which is a 4% increase from the previous year.
When should I make a referral?
Employers or Managers of people working in regulated activity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and personnel suppliers, have a legal ‘duty to refer’ where conditions are met.
Referrals should be made to the DBS when an employer or organisation has dismissed, removed, or would have removed (had they not left), an employee or volunteer from working in regulated activity. This would be following harm to a child or vulnerable adult, or where they believe a future risk of harm is posed to these groups. You can use the referral flow chart to help you decide if a referral should be made.
The DBS do set out an ‘autobar’ process where a person who has been cautioned or convicted for a ‘relevant offence’, may automatically be added to the barred list(s).
How do you make a referral?
Select the following link to take you to the DBS barring referral form and accompanying guidance, to support you in providing the DBS with relevant information, and understanding your responsibilities.
If there is anything you are unclear about within the referral guidance, you can contact the DBS on 01325 953795 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.