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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read all of our frequently asked questions before getting in touch.

I am a continuing student at the University of Chester do I need to complete a new University DBS application?

NO - If you are progressing or continuing your studies at the University following the summer vacation you do NOT need to apply for a new check.  The DBS check which you obtained at the beginning of your course will last through your programme. You will be asked as part of thr annual OLE whether there has been any change with your status.  

YES - If you are returning to your studies following time away due to taking a year out or interupting your studies.  You should dicuss this with your programme leader.

 

How do I complete my DBS Check during COVID-19?

Once you have received the email giving you access to complete the form online, you should do the following:

  1. Complete your DBS application form as instructed

    This includes selecting three forms of ID that you will be able to physically present to the university on request. You must also provide a full five year address history, which must include all addresses that you have lived at during this time; such as student, temporary or overseas addresses. Any mistakes made on this application form will result in your application being cancelled, and you being asked to complete it again.

  2. Pay for your check

    using the Shopfront

  3. Download and complete the ‘Good Conduct Declaration form.

    If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any of the questions regarding your good conduct (marked a-e on the form), you should return the completed form to us by email immediately. If you have answered ‘No’ to the all of the questions, please retain the form until it is requested.

  4. Register to attend a signing session

    you must book and obtain a ticket from Eventbrite to attend a signing session. Entrance to sessions are by ticket only.

Please follow these instructions:

If you are self-isolating, shielding or consider yourself vulnerable, for whatever reason, please do not place yourself and others at risk. Email us directly on DBScheck@chester.ac.uk so that we can discuss suitable alternative arrangements.

We have limited the number of persons at each session to reduce the possibility of queues, it is imperative that you attend at the time that you have booked. Please ensure that you attend at the time and date that you have booked for.

In order to comply with COVID-19 physical distancing measures please ensure that you remember the following:

  • Do NOT attend or register to attend a session if you are or someone in your household is suffering from any Covid 19 symptoms
  • Do NOT attend or register to attend a session if you are or someone in your household is self-isolating or required to self-isolate
  • Do NOT attend or register to attend a session if you are resident in an area where compliance with local lockdown restrictions means you should NOT travel
  • Only attend the session that you have selected and have a ticket for
  • Keep a safe distance apart from other persons
  • Bring and wear a face mask and another PPEat all times during the session
  • Bring the same identity documents that you identified when you completed the form online (eg Passport, Driving Licence, Utility Bill, Birth Certificate)
  • Bring a pen
  • Remember to bring your shopfront receipt as proof of payment
  • Remember to bring your completedGood Conduct Form
  • Please ask relatives and companions etc to wait outside the building
  • Follow the directional arrows and other signs at the session
  • Entry to the signing session will be on a strict 'one in one out' basis
  • In order to limit the risk of infection to yourself and others, please leave the University premises once you have completed the signing session

Which Programmes of study require DBS clearance at the University?

The following programmes of study will involve regulated activity and require DBS clearance:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

BA Early Years - Primary Education (3-7) with QTS**

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (all programmes)
BA Primary Education (5-11) with QTS** Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status

BA Primary Education (5-11) with QTS** (Shrewsbury)

 

BA Primary Education with QTS**

MA Art Therapy

BA Primary Education Studies

MA Clinical Counselling

BA Childhood and Youth Professional Studies

MSc Nutrition and Dietetics

BA Childhood Studies with Applied Psychology (Shrewsbury)

MSc Physician Associate Studies

BA Early Childhood Studies

MA Social Work

BA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 

BSc Physical Education

 

BSc Sports Coaching

 

BA Sports Development and Coaching

 

BSc Health and Exercise Science (Shrewsbury)

 

BSc Nutrition and Dietetics

 

BA Social Work

 
   

Nursing and Midwifery Programmes

BSc Midwifery (pre-registration)

MSc Adult Nursing (pre-registration)

BN Adult Nursing (pre-registration)

MSc Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

BN Children's Nursing (pre-registration)

MNurs Integrated Masters in Nursing (pre-registration)

BN Learning Disability Nursing (pre-registration)

Return to Practice Programmes

BN Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

Midwifery - Return to Practice
 

Nursing - Return to Practice

   

Foundation Degrees (Apprenticeships)*

Assistant Practitioner
Health and Social Care: Higher Apprenticeship*
Nursing Associate: Higher Apprenticeship*
   

Notes:

*Applicants wishing to register on the Apprenticeship programmes should have existing DBS clearance through their employer.

** QTS - Qualified Teacher Status

How much will the DBS cost?

The cost of the Disclosure is £55.00. Payable using the University of Chester Shopfront. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service at a cost of £13.00 payable directly to the DBS.

The DBS definition of a 'volunteer' specifically excludes students undertaking a placement as part of their studies. DBS defines a ‘volunteer’, as:

‘A person engaged in an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses), doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than or in addition to a close relative.’

To qualify for a free-of-charge volunteer check, the applicant must not:

  • Benefit directly from the position for which the DBS application is being submitted.
  • Receive any payment (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses).
  • Be on a work placement.
  • Be on a course that requires them to do this job role.
  • Be in a trainee position that will lead to a full time role/qualification.

The following table is adapted from the table published in the October 2013 edition of DBS Disclsoure News.

Position Applied for University Activity DBS 'volunteer' Status Reasoning
Students mentoring/tutoring children in schools or undertaking regulated activity with vulnerable persons (Children or Adults) as part of a placement (three scenarios)

Scenario 1: Where there is no benefit to the student except to gain experience, develop skill and enhance their CV eg volunteering through SSG Volunteering or mentoring.

Volunteering or mentoring through SSG

Eligible

Scenario 1: This activity is entirely voluntary, is upaid and is primarily aimed at providing a service to a third party.

Scenario 2: Where the student receives a qualification or credit towards a qualification as a direct result of their voluntary activity.

PGCE, BA (QTS)

Early Childhood Studies

Social Work, Youth Work

BSc Physical Education

Sports Coaching

Counselling

Work Based Learning modules (WBL)

Placements for the purposes of data collecting in preperation for a Dissertation or Project.

Ineligible

Scenario 2: This activity is entirely voluntary, is upaid and provides a service to a third party - but also provides a direct benefit in kind to the student.
Scenario 3: Where the student receives a qualification or credit towards a qualification and an opportunity to earn a tax-free bursary or payment.

Pre-registration Nursing

Pre-registration Midwifery

Nutrition and Dietetics

Ineligible Scenario 3: This activity is entirely voluntary, is upaid and provides a service to a third party; but also provides a direct benefit in kind to the student and an opportunity to receive a tax free bursary or payment.

Applicants for the MSc/PG Dip Nutrition and Dietetics, whilst liable for the fee, do NOT need to pay for the DBS check at this stage; the cost will be covered by the NHS. However, applicants will need to pay to subscribe to the DBS Update Service.

How do I complete my University DBS application?

Full details of how to complete the DBS application may be found by clicking on this link: How to Complete Your DBS Application or on the link at the right of this page. Please ensure that you read the instuctions carefully before applying.

You should also complete a Good Conduct Declaration Form and bring this with you to the signing session.

What are the dates of DBS signing sessions?

You should only register for and attend a signing session once you have received a letter from the University requesting that you apply for a DBS Disclosure and have completed the form on-line. However, it is imperative that you attend the signing session. Failure to do so may result in serious implications for your continued enrolment on the programme. This process MUST be completed before the commencement of your studies.

Dates of DBS Signing Sessions may be found on the DBS Dates page at http://www.chester.ac.uk/dbs/dates booking for the session is done through Eventbrite

All student signing sessions will take place on the Exton Park Site on Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJor at the University Centre Shrewsbury Site, the Guildhall, Frankwell, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ.

Due to limited space available for queuing you are requested not to attend for the signing session before the start time above to avoid excessive waiting.

Applicants should note that they may also be required to complete other relevant checks to demonstrate suitability or fitness to practice including completion of an Occupational Health Assessment. The University may withdraw the offer of a place if you fail to provide satisfactory Occupational Health clearance.

Information for Staff
Applicants for positions of employment at the University should contact Human Resources to arrange a signing session.

When should I attend a signing session?

You should only book for and attend a signing session once you have completed the application form on-line, paid for the check and received a confirmation email that your application has been submitted. Please do not attend the signing session if you have not completed the form; however, it is imperative that you do complete the entire DBS application process. Failure to do so may result in serious implications for your continued enrolment on the programme. The DBS process MUST be completed before the commencement of your studies.

If you are self-isolating, shielding or consider yourself vulnerable, for whatever reason, please do not place yourself and others at risk. Email us directly on DBScheck@chester.ac.uk so that we can discuss suitable alternative arrangements.

We have limited the number of persons at each session to reduce the possibility of queues, it is imperative that you attend at the time that you have booked. Please ensure that you attend at the time and date that you have booked and received a ticket for. Don't forget to bring the ticket with you.

How do I book to attend a signing session?

If you have completed the DBS application through the University and have paid the fee you need to register or book to attend a signing session. You can register to attend a session through Eventbrite.Please ensure that you attend at the time and date that you have booked and received a ticket for. Don't forget to bring the ticket with you.

What documents can I use to prove my identity?

Here is a complete list of all form of Identity that you can use to complete your DBS check.

Screen 1

  • Passport (any nationality)
  • Biometric residence permit (UK)
  • Current photocard driving licence UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands/other EEA country (full or provisional)
  • Adoption certificate (UK and Channel Islands Birth certificate (UK and Channel Islands)

Screen 2

  • Firearms licence (UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man)
  • HM Forces ID card (UK)
  • Immigration document, visa or work permit - Issued by a country outside the EEA (Valid only for roles where the applicant is living and working outside of the UK).
  • Visa/permit (must relate to the non EEA country in which the role is based).
  • Marriage/civil partnership certificate (UK and Channel Islands).

Screen 3

  • Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo
  • EEA National ID card
  • Letter from head teacher or college principal (UK - for 16 to 19 year olds in full time education - only used in exceptional circumstances if other documents cannot be provided)
  • Letter of Sponsorship from future employment provider (can only be used for applicants residing outside the UK at time of application)

The Following documents issued within the past 12 months:

  • Council Tax Statement Financial Statement (UK) - e.g. pension, endowment,
  • ISA Mortgage Statement (UK or EEA)
  • P45 Statement
  • P60 Statement

The Following documents issued within the past 3 months:

  • Bank or building society statement (UK and Channel Islands or EEA)
  • Bank or building society statement - Countries outside the EEA (for applicants living and working outside the UK. Branch must be located in the country in which the applicant lives and works)
  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter Credit Card Statement (UK or EEA)
  • Benefit Statement (UK) - e.g. Child benefit, Pension Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement. e.g. Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC. (UK and Channel Islands) - First document
  • Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement. e.g. Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC. (UK and Channel Islands) - Second Document (this must have been issued by a different body than first document)
  • Electricity Bill / Statement (UK)
  • Gas Bill / Statement (UK)
  • Telephone Bill / Statement (Not Mobile Telephone) (UK)
  • Water Bill / Statement (UK)

You can either provide at least 3 documents, including at least one from category 1, or five documents from category 2a or 2b, and at least one document must demonstrate your current address. If you are having trouble finding documents from this list, please contact us directly and we will discuss the matter with you.

How do I track my DBS application and sign up for the DBS Update Service?

If you have completed a DBS application through the University and attended a signing session you will receive an email advising you that the form has been dispatched to the DBS. To be able to track the progress of your application you will need the form reference number, this will be included in the email. You can track your DBS application using the following link: https://secure.crbonline.gov.uk/enquiry/.

  • You will also need your form reference number to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. Please ensure that you do not register for the Update Service as a volunteer, this will make your application void and you will be required to re-subscribe and apply for a new DBS disclosure including paying the full fee.
What other suitability checks will I need to complete?

All applicants will need to complete the Good Conduct Declaration Form and bring any further details with you to the signing session; applicants will also need to receive Occupational Health Clearance.

The University is also required by the Department for Education's Initial Teacher Education Criteria 1.3 to check that applicants for PGCE, BA QTS or other Initial Teacher Education programmes, are not subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State and are not Disqualified by Association under the Childcare Act 2006.

I have lived overseas, what should I do?

If during anytime in the lastfive years you have lived or worked overseas you must include all overseas addresses in your address history.You will also be expected to obtain and provide a Certificate of Good Conduct or a Police record certificate from the country or countries in which you stayed.

Time spent overseas will include a gap or placement year as part of your previous studies, activities including activity camps eg Camp America or working with families. Tourist trips, holidays or short vacations to overseas countries are not included.

Further guidance on how to obtain an OverseasCriminal Record Check can be obtained from thisHome Office site:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants

What if I have a criminal record?

This may, but not necessarily, debar you from being admitted to your course of study at the University. If you know that you do have a criminal record (including a caution, warning or reprimand) you should declare this whilst completing the Good Conduct Declaration Form and bring any further details with you to the signing session. You should also provide a brief account outlining the circumstances of the incident and any mitigating circumstances that you feel may be relevant. This statement should be submitted in a sealed envelope at the signing session. Please rest assured that the University considers all cases fully and fairly, including your written account, before reaching a final decision.

All guarantees of a place at the University of Chester remain provisional pending a receipt of satisfactory DBS clearance through the University.

However, you do not need to delcare any Conviction, Caution or Reprimand that will be subject to the DBS Filtering Rules; you are strongly advised to check these rules prior to completing the form.

What if I already have a DBS Check from a previous role?

The University requires all applicants that are conducting regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults to complete a new DBS check through the University. We are unable to accept previous DBS certificates, including those which may be on the Update Service.

It is a legal requirement for the university to complete an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure on every student and member of staff that has regular contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. The University places the highest priority on the protection of children and vulnerable adults, and our screening policy operates in line with the guidance that has been issued by the Home Office, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other relevant regulatory bodies.

Any Disclosure check that you have completed through other organisations will only cover any criminal offences committed up to the date that it was printed, and as such is vital that we have an up to date check to cover the period since this time. It will also only be valid for the organisation that it was completed for. The university does not currently accept the DBS update service as a method for transferring DBS certificates.

You can find a copy of our screening policy on our website at www.chester.ac.uk/DBS.

I need to add a second middle name in the application?

Once you log in to complete the on-line DBS application you will be asked to state what documents you can provide. Following this process you will see your basic details including your name. On this page there is a button that asks if you have any other middle names, you can amend your details at this point.

If you are not able to find an answer to your question on this page or our other DBS pages, please e-mail us.

Complete your online DBS application form

Pay for your DBS check

Book a ticket to attend a signing session at EXTON PARK CHESTER

Book a ticket to attend a signing session at UNIVERSITY CENTRE SHREWSBURY

Book a ticket to attend a signing session at UNIVERSITY CENTRE WARRINGTON