Time and time again people in the care industry are coming up against problems getting a DBS check. For those who are self-employed as a Paid Carer the problem is particularly difficult as you can’t undertake a DBS check on yourself but clients, understandably, want you to evidence having an enhanced DBS check.
In addition to the fact that you can’t undertake a DBS check on yourself, there are two other critical issues that Paid Carers face
In this article we’ll have a look at these issues and a possible solution from You’re the Boss.
Under the under the law only specific roles are eligible for the different levels of DBS checks.
Contrary to popular belief not everyone can request someone has a DBS check or undertake a DBS check on someone. It has to be someone who is employed in a job which includes using this information, as part of an appropriate range of pre-recruitment checks, someone who is making a decision about that individuals suitability for the role they’ve applied for.
In a company you often have a HR department, part of their role is to check the suitability of candidates, it’s then the managers who decide who can do the job from the pool of ‘suitable candidates’. However, this is not an option for many people who are looking to get care or to work as a self employed carer.
For individuals who are looking to employ or contract with a paid carer – they don’t have an HR department, and they are not employed by an organisation specifically to make this suitability judgement, therefore they don’t have the legal right to ask for or use the contents of a DBS certificate when making a decision over whether to employ a paid carer. This therefore creates some difficulty for people wanting to make sure someone is suitable to provide care for them or a loved one.
A third party who checks the suitability of someone to undertake the role of paid carer needs to be involved. They are effectively providing the role of the HR department in this aspect, checking that candidates pass certain criteria so that the you can then pick from the pool of candidates based on your individual need – ie what specific experience is relevant, do they drive, are they available the hours you need, can they cook.
It’s like when you buy a house, the mortgage company generally says that there has to be a survey and they instruct this to be carried out, the information goes back to them and they say whether the property meets the valuation. However it’s up to you to see whether the house is actually the one that suits your needs and it’s you that enters into the contract to buy it.
You are not able to DBS check yourself, a third party who is undertaking a suitability check needs to be involved. Lots of people who are self-employed come up against this problem.
You’re the Boss has liaised with DBS over this issue, by providing a register of YtB Accredited Carers who as part of their suitability check for accreditation have an enhanced DBS check, we are able to provide this service.
YtB Accredited status is only for people who are offering a care service that includes what is referred to as “Regulated Activity” including personal care (see here or here for a full explanation of this term)
You should be aware that we will require you to apply for an enhanced DBS check. This will check as to whether you have a criminal record or are on any banned list. We will not receive any details as a result of this application but it is a requirement of entry on to the register that you have a clear certificate as a result of this application. Please see our Safeguarding policy.
In order to be entered on to our register you must
If you have indicated you intend to be self-employed you must also have
You can find template contracts, safeguarding polices, risk assessment policy and procedures, complaints policy, and training needs assessments here.
You’re the Boss reserves the right to ask for further evidence of your compliance with the criteria if it has any reason to doubt that any statements you make are true.
Entry on the Register does not guarantee you any employment. It only indicates that you are a Paid Carer who could be considered by people in need of care or those arranging care for them. Anyone looking to employ or contract with you will need to make their own decision and take references in order to satisfy themselves that you have the skills and expertise which are going to be able to meet their needs.
From time to time You’re the Boss may become privy to information or allegations concerning a Paid Carer that leads to their suspension or removal from the Register. We will always inform you of the reasons for that, and what will happen next. We may also need to initiate a referral to DBS if we believe that since the issue of the DBS Certificate you have committed a criminal offence.
Otherwise your YtB Accredited Status will remain for 2 years, unless you ask for it to be withdrawn. If you have subscribed to the DBS Update Service then you will need to give your permission for us to inspect the update if you wish to remain on the Register (and there will be a small additional charge). Alternatively, you will need to request a new DBS check in order to continue.
You can check our Safeguarding Policy which gives you more of an idea of what we expect of You’re the Boss accredited Paid Carers.