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How can I get a DBS check?

There seems to be quite a lot of confusion generally about DBS checks. You cannot apply directly to the DBS Service but you can apply for your own DBS check at https://www.dbscentral.co.uk/. Whilst there appears to be no fixed time validity, https://codeuk.com/faq/dbs-crb-checks-expire-often-need-reviewing/, the generally available guideline is that a DBS should be valid for three years, and that's the standard we recommend at ACTO.

As soon as you receive your DBS check we would recommend you apply to https://secure.crbonline.gov.uk/crsc/apply?execution=e1s1 which is their updating service – you need to do this within 19 days of the date of your DBS certificate, but in future this will avoid you having any duplication.