Disclosure & Barring Service Policy

Disclosure & Barring Service Policy

Every child/young person has the right to be free from abuse and neglect and to be treated with dignity and respect. Star Ascend is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people that we work with and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff and volunteers who work directly with and who are responsible for children, young people and vulnerable adult will have enhanced DBS checks before embarking on the relationship with a young person. In line with recent changes, ID checks for all volunteers will be carried out during the on boarding via live video calls. If a volunteer already has the check above dated within the last 3 years, the certificate must be seen in person or over video call and a copy of the certificate should be filed.

As the UK DBS system cannot access criminal records held overseas, a UK DBS check may not provide a complete view of an applicant's criminal record if they have lived outside the UK.

We therefore require applicants, staff and volunteers who have lived overseas to obtain a relevant police check from the appropriate country (ies). We will require a copy of this document and will need to see the original document via video call or in person. We will carry out a UK DBS check in addition to the overseas check.

Whilst we process UK DBS checks through our external provider, we ask staff, applicants and volunteers to carry out their own overseas DBS check using information on the government website here. Due to the varied cost of these checks Star Ascend is unable to reimburse staff, applicants and volunteers for the cost of these checks.

For staff, applicants and volunteers on our one -to-one programmes, we will need to obtain a police check for any country resided in for 12 months (or more) in the last 5 years. In this instance we will accept reference from an employer, and we reserve the right to carry out additional safeguarding precautions will be made during sessions on a case by case basis.

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