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The documents available here demonstrate that DBS (formerly CRB) checks are not relevant to a Punch and Judy Performance

Click here to see the DBS Guide to Eligibility

This guide refers to regulated activities.  

Q.

Why is the PJF so interested in the law? Surely the aim is to protect children?

A.

The PJF expects the highest level of behaviour and integrity from its members. However, we are not a regulatory body and are unable to excuse from the law members or the people with whom they come into contact.


Q.

The law restricts tightly those who can be asked for a DBS check. Therefore, the law is not protecting those who it is meant to protect.

A.

It is outside the scope of this page to debate whether the law is efficient. The aim is to inform.


Q.

Children's entertainers, Punch and Judy Performers, Clowns and Face Painters sometimes advertise themselves as being CRB or DBS checked. Why?

A.

We cannot say why in all cases, but if a check is advertised as an advantage to a booker, we find it unfortunate. It perpetuates the misunderstandings surrounding this subject.


Q.

A booker has asked for a check and an application has been made. Can I find out if the booker is entitled to ask for a check?

A.

Yes. Send an email to customerservices@dbs.gsi.gov.uk with the title Application eligibility enquiry – urgent. See the bottom of page 1 and the top of page 2 of the Eligibility Guide for full details.


Q.

I have a DBS/CRB check and a booker has asked to see it. Should I show it to them?

A.

Your check is position specific. There is nothing to stop you from showing the check to the booker, but they may not be entitled to see it and it will be of limited value.


Q.

I have a DBS check and have subscribed to the updating service. Should I allow bookers to check the online updating service?

A.

Unless the position requires a check, the booker would be breaking the law by using the updating service in this way.


Q.

Why is it against the law to ask for a DBS check when one is not required?

A.

It's all to do with asking an 'exempted question' for positions where the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply. It is all down to what you do, where and how often you do it.


Q.

‘Positions’ are mentioned a lot. Why?

A.

DBS checks and former CRB checks are position based. It is important to understand this. The first question to ask is, 'Does the job (position) require a check?' If the answer is, 'No,' there is nothing further to be done regarding checks.


Q.

Is it a serious matter to ask for a check when not entitled to do so?

A.

Yes. There is the potential to be sent to prison. The Exceptions Order 1975 to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as subsequently amended) and Part V of The Police Act 1997 refer.


Q.

Do the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man have similar arrangements?

A.

Yes. The statutes are different. The Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey appear to have similar arrangements to the UK. Other islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey appear to be covered by the arrangements in Guernsey.


Q.

I have been asked to provide a Basic Criminal Records Check. Is this possible?

A.

DBS England, Disclosure Scotland and Access NI will provide a basic check showing unspent convictions in the UK to anyone who pays the fee and provides proof of identity. The disclosure is only valid when it is created and not for a specific length of time. It appears Guernsey have their own  basic check and Jersey have a police check. Residents of the Isle of Man appear to be directed to the Disclosure Scotland Basic Check.