The Importance of DBS (CRB), PVG and Reference Checks

The background on DBS (CRB) / PVG checks

Disclosure and Barring checks (formerly CRB checks) are searches through criminal records and other sources, including the Police National Computer. While they aren’t always 100% accurate or complete, they can be very helpful when making a hiring decision, because they can uncover potential warning signs about candidates. Whatever type of carer an employer is looking for, a DBS (CRB) check can help reveal things like criminal conduct. In Scotland these are called PVG checks.


The importance of DBS (CRB) / PVG checks

Reviewing DBS (CRB) checks is a key step in finding quality care because it can reveal information that wouldn’t come up during in-depth interviews or reference checking. On, as a carer you will have indicated on your profile whether or not you’ve completed a DBS (CRB) check, but carers’ DBS (CRB) checks have not been verified by Families will use whether or not they’ve completed a DBS (CRB) check as a preliminary screening tool to narrow their list of candidates, but all potential employers should ask carers to bring their DBS (CRB) checks to their interviews so that they can be reviewed. Carers with nursery experience, OFSTED-registered carers, and all childminders should have recent DBS (CRB) checks. Carers studying childcare or early years education who have worked in nurseries to complete their qualifications should also have recent DBS (CRB) checks. Other types of carers who have worked with children or vulnerable adults should have recent DBS (CRB) checks as well. This is also true of PVG checks in Scotland.


Stand out by showing off your documents and certificates

You can upload images of your DBS (CRB) / PVG Check, First Aid Certificate, Childminder Certificate, CV, Driver’s Licence, and Passport. Families are looking for trustworthy carers; prove your trustworthiness by uploading your credentials today.

Comment on this article




  1. lesley collins October 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I would like to arrange for the above safety/security checks to be carried out on myself,please advise how i go about arranging thisRegards

  2. Louise Barrett October 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Lesley,

    It’s Louise from here. Our MemberCare team would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about DBS/PVG checks! Please email them on –

    All the best,

  3. Patricia Lubi November 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    HelloI have just joined, as Petsitter/walker, can you help me with DBS/PVG checks please, as i do not have a clue.Thank you for your helpPatricia

    • Louise Barrett November 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Patricia,

      It’s Louise from Thanks for getting in touch, and it’s great to have you on! Our MemberCare team would be happy to help you, please email them at

      All the best,

  4. lesley collins November 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning,I have downloaded & submitted my document in respect of CRB but it has not updated on my profile page ? please advise if there is a problem, thank you Lesley

    • Louise Barrett December 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Hi Lesley,

      Thank you for getting in touch again. It may just take a little while to update on your page — but please do email again and they will be able to double check that that’s the case.


  5. Raheesa December 26, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Hi’ am new member here, I had DBS done sometime beginning of this year, will this be ok to use again or does it need updating again. If it does could you please let me know how to go about it. Thank you.

    • Louise Barrett January 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Hi Raheesa,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As far as renewing DBS checks goes, it’s all dependent on your prospective employers requirements. There’s no official ‘expiry date’ to DBS checks, it will be up to potential employers to check the date of your DBS check and decide whether they think it’s necessary to get a new one. Each DBS check is accurate on the date they are issued, so many employers will want a DBS check done (regardless of the applicant having had one previously) just before they finalise a hire. I hope that all makes sense!

      If you do decide to refresh your DBS check in the future, please give our Member Care team an email on — they’ll be able to assist you with getting the necessary checks sorted via!

      All the best,

  6. cristina ionela February 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Hi,my name is cristina ,i’m 33years,i’m am mother two children,lovely children,i’m am a trustworthy,friendly,reliable person.