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Part 4: Checks with the DBS, Police Disclosure Unit and Police Safeguarding Referral Unit


This chapter gives guidance about which process should be used by Children’s Services to complete information/background checks with the Police. This document should be read in conjunction with the Inter-Agency Safeguarding Procedures - Guidance on Consent, Confidentiality and Information Sharing.


  1. Introduction
  2. Process

    Appendix 1: Non-Urgent Request to Dorset Police For Information

    Amendments to this Chapter

1. Introduction

A number of recommendations were made by Sir Michael Bichard following his enquiry into the Soham murders and the trial and conviction of Ian Huntley. The recommendations were aimed at creating an environment where information is used efficiently and fairly to minimise risk of harm to the most vulnerable members of society. The Police have developed systems which improve the way information is shared and managed by forces across the Country, and there is a commitment to sharing information between agencies for the protection of children.

2. Process

The following table describes which section of the Police information should be sought from in normal circumstances; however, it is not possible to give guidance to cover every circumstance.

Practitioners must make a judgment on the facts of the individual situation, and where there is a conflict of views; resolution should be sought via the respective line managers in the agencies concerned.

  Reason why information is being sought Contact
1. As part of s47 enquiries Police Safeguarding Referral Unit (SRU)
2. Immediate placement of child(ren) (i.e. Within 24 hours and consents obtained) Police Safeguarding Referral Unit (SRU)
3. All other placements of children ( including privately fostered children/kinship placements AND consents obtained) BEFORE child placed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
4. All other placements as in 3 above where child ALREADY placed (at point of notification to social care) SRU followed by DBS
5. Application to adopt/foster DBS
6. Application for employment DBS
7. Urgent staff safety issue where visit required within 24 hours SRU
8. All other staff visiting issues Police Disclosure Unit
9. Allegations against people who work with children – contact via Local Authority Designated Officer SRU
10. Child subject to a Child Protection Plan SRU

All requests for disclosure to the SRU. should be made by e mail using the secure CJSM system to sru@dorset.pnn.police.uk.

All requests for disclosure to the DBS should be made in accordance with current DBS procedures.

Appendix 1: Non-Urgent Request to Dorset Police For Information

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Amendments to this Chapter

This chapter was reviewed and updated in August 2016. Previously a single chapter it has now been set out in four parts to help professionals more easily identify what they need. It should be read in its entirety.