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Risk of fraud from new DBS system?

25 June 2013

The Disclosure and Barring Service has now confirmed that criminal record certificates will be sent to the individual only, replacing the current approach of sending it to the individual and the organisation that requested it simultaneously.

The change is designed to give individuals the opportunity to review the content of their certificate and, if appropriate, challenge its accuracy before anyone else sees it.

As you won’t receive a copy of the certificate, you have to rely on the individual showing it to you.  Whilst this new approach achieves its desired aim, there is a real danger of fraudulent activity taking place.

Only in very limited circumstances will the DBS send a copy to you, so in the vast majority of cases, you need to make sure the certificate is genuine. However with no training, guidance or sign of support from the DBS, how will you be able to tell if it has been doctored?

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