The Guernsey Vetting Bureau (GVB) is a Registered Umbrella Body which facilitates access to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in the UK.
A key responsibility for the GVB is to empower local employers to make more informed and ultimately safer recruitment decisions, particularly where an occupation involves contact with children and adults who through circumstances could be considered to be vulnerable, or where a high degree of integrity for a role is required.
Employers who meet the DBS criteria can request a Standard or Enhanced level disclosure through this service.
As part of an organisation or employer's registration with us, they receive training on how to complete the DBS forms as well as the relevant legislation that is involved when asking for these higher level of checks.
How do I register with the Guernsey Vetting Bureau?
Only organisations that meet the DBS criteria for Regulated Activity with Children and/or Adults may register with the GVB in order to obtain Enhanced DBS Checks for their staff members. In order for us to determine if you meet the eligability please contact us to discuss this in the first instance. If your organisation does meet the eligability then we will book you to attend a training course with us. Individuals are not able to obtain Enhanced or Standard DBS certificates in their own right.
The GVB holds a training course for new ID Verifiers. This training event is designed to ensure all service users understand the purpose of the GVB, the service that the DBS offers and the legal obligations organisations accept when using this facility. Spaces are limited and so if your organisation plans to utilise the DBS it is suggested that you contact the GVB in the first instance to request further information and to book your place.
It is recommended that more than one representative from each organisation is trained and registered for the roles mentioned above as it is not possible to obtain a disclosure for yourself; this is because you cannot verify your own identity. Also to maintain some resilience for your organisation during annual and sick leave. For very small organisations this may not be practical, and so you should contact the GVB for advice on how to proceed.
Organisations must sign and adhere to a Registration Agreement with the GVB in order to access the DBS. The agreement sets out the expectations and responsibilities of both the GVB and the organisation identified within the agreement, on whose behalf the GVB will countersign DBS disclosure applications.
Registered Service Users
Costs - Registration with the GVB for private organisations is a one off fee of £75.00, there is no charge for registered charities or those organisations that can show a tax exemption certificate. There is no seperate charge for attending training courses. Fees for Enhanced DBS checks will be discussed at the training event or you can contact us for further information.
A Basic Disclosure is the right disclosure for most jobs within the Bailiwick. It provides details of Unspent convictions and/or cautions and is suitable for most employment related criminal record checks. Further Information can be found on the Guernsey Police website here: https://www.guernsey.police.uk/righttoinfo
However, there are some jobs (whether paid or voluntary) that require a higher level of disclosure. These tend to be jobs focused around the caring for or contact with children and adults and are described in further detail below.
A list of all unspent and spent convictions and cautions held on the Police National Computer.
The post must be eligible under DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) rules in order to request this type of disclosure. No disclosure will be made without the subject of the disclosure's consent or where it is felt that such a disclosure is inappropriate.
Appropriate for :-
Some roles within the legal sector
Posts involving limited contact with children/adults
Standard Disclosures can only be obtained from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) via the GVB (Guernsey Vetting Bureau) through a trained and registered organisation.
All reportable convictions and/or cautions that are not deemed as "Filtered" under the current DBS guidelines, for further information please see the DBS Filtering Guide attached. Where applicable checks against the applicant's name will also be made against the Child and/or Adult Barred Lists. There may also be included any non-conviction data held by the Police (this includes all British Police forces) that may be relevant to the type of employment. This is carefully considered before disclosure and is signed off by a senior Police Officer.
The post must be eligible under DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) rules in order for to request this type of disclosure. No disclosure will be made without the applicant's consent or where it is felt that such a disclosure is inappropriate.
Appropriate for :-
Posts involving caring for or regular contact with children and adults
Selected employment in judiciary, healthcare and law enforcement
Enhanced Disclosures can only be obtained from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) via Guernsey Vetting Bureau through a trained and registered organisation..