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Dennett House, 11 Middle Street
Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH

Tel: 01823 270101                     Find Us
Fax: 01823 425200
Email: info@swcouncils.gov.uk


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HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.Leaflet image

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.

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Online Disclosure & Barring Service

The Police Act 1997 established the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to give employers and voluntary organisations access to criminal record information.  The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks

South West Councils offers an online DBS checking service in partnership with North East Regional Employers’ Organisation, who is a Registered Body in accordance with paragraph 120 of the Police Act 1997.  DBS checks are processed quickly and cost effectively via the online DBS system. The secure online environment provides a speedy, economical and high quality service based on absolute accuracy.

Benefits to using the online service?

  • Online processing is over 50% faster compared to paper applications

  • No Postage

  • Reduced Stationery Costs

  • A minimum of £12 admin fee per check plus VAT + DBS fee for SW Councils members (non-members rates available on request)

  • Pay as you go per DBS check

  • No monthly fee

  • No system costs as accessed through the internet

  • No minimum usage

  • Discounted rates available for high volumes 

Reasons for using the DBS disclosure service

  • If an organisation has a duty of care to protect children or vulnerable adults from harm

  • If an organisation is contractually obliged to supply staff who have undergone the necessary recruitment checks to work with children in a regulated position (definition of a regulated position and childcare can be found in the guidance notes for the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act – details available here  or by contacting  South West Councils  on 01823 425222 or email hr@swcouncils.gov.uk

  • If your organisation is a regulated childcare organisation;

  • If you recruit persons into positions as specified in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order

  • If you need to strengthen your market position by providing an extra level of service to your customers and demonstrate your commitment and responsibility to child protection .

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