If the student needs a DBS check and has lived outside the UK for six months or more within the last five years, then they will need to provide an Overseas Police Check/Certificate of Good Conduct from the country/countries they have previously lived in, in addition to a UK DBS check to cover the period of time they have spent in the UK.
The process of obtaining an overseas check, and the time it takes to complete, will vary from country to country as there is no standardised practice for providing overseas checks. Please see the government guidance on overseas checks.
When determining whether a student is eligible for a DBS check or whether a planned activity can be deemed a ‘regulated activity’, the University’s DBS team will:
- gather information from the relevant department or individual
- seek advice from our DBS provider, an external company called Atlantic Data Ltd
We do not expect individual staff members to make decisions about eligibility for a DBS check, so please contact the DBS team if you think a student might need one.