The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. They search police records and, in relevant cases, barred list information, and then issue a DBS certificate to the applicant.
You will require a DBS to be allowed to complete work placements with children or vulnerable adults within the Childcare and Health and Social Care sector.
If you require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) as part of your course, you will be notified by our admissions and/or work experience team and in most cases, we will support you to apply for your DBS on the day of your enrolment.
Should you require it sooner an appointment can be made with the work experience team.
Please note: you are unable to apply for your DBS until you are 16 years old.
What is a DBS?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) search police records and, in relevant cases, barred list information, and then issue a DBS certificate to the applicant.
This helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.
You will require a DBS in order to complete any work placement where you will have direct contact with children or vulnerable adults.
How do I apply?
You must apply for your enhanced DBS through one of New College Stamford’s services below:
- Online DBS service. This is the faster application option.
- Paper based DBS service. This will be the only option available to students that require fingerprinting.
Will I need to be sent for Fingerprinting?
If you are unable to provide the supporting evidence for your DBS application you may need to be sent for fingerprinting at a police station. You will still need to provide as much evidence as possible to support your DBS application and complete an External Verification check.
The college avoids this route wherever possible.
Childcare /Health and Social Care = College funded (free)
Students studying Childcare or Health and Social Care courses do not have to pay for their DBS certificate as DBS certification for these courses is mandatory.
Paper based DBS = £47.00 (this will be available until the 15th September)
Online DBS = £53.50
There will be an Additional cost of £13.00 to register the DBS certificate (payable direct to DBS). The college strongly suggest students register to the update service so as not to limit placement options.
Important Information/Frequent Questions
What evidence do I need to provide?
Students must provide 3 pieces of supporting evidence, 1 of 3 must be from group 1 and 1 of 3 must prove your current address (information from the internet will not be accepted). Click here to see a list of appropriate documents.
What if I can’t provide the evidence?
If you are unable to provide 3 sufficient pieces of evidence, or 1 piece of evidence from group 1, then it could be necessary for you to be sent for fingerprinting at a police station.
What if I have not lived in the UK for the last 5 years?
You will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you have been residing in, contact the college who can provide information on how to proceed.
Advice on how to apply for this can also be found at:
What if I decide to change course, do I need a new DBS?
The college legally can only search for information they require, if a student decides to transfer from an Early Years course to a Health and Social Care course the DBS certificate may no longer be sufficient for placements. Students would be required to apply for another DBS and the DBS fee would be charged again.
What happens if I lose my DBS?
You would be required to apply for another DBS by re-supplying the supporting evidence. Please note the charge for a replacement DBS is £49.50.
What documentation will I need to provide?
As part of the DBS Application process, the Disclosure and Barring Service asks applicants to provide original documentation proving their identity. The documents needed will depend on the route your application takes. Please review the PDF document below to find out what you will require: