Why Do Homes for Ukraine Sponsors Need a DBS Check?

The entire planet has been shocked by the scenes playing out on news broadcasts in real-time that have shown the invasion of Ukraine. Governments worldwide have taken action in various ways, and here in the UK, part of the response has been the creation of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to offer accommodation in their homes to Ukrainians fleeing the war in their country, whether or not they have any ties to the UK themselves. Before this, only Ukrainian nationals with family members already settled in the UK were able to come to the country.

With a massive response to this scheme already, thanks to the British citizens looking to find ways to show Ukraine their support, safety measures quickly became vital to the successful operation of the project. A crucial part of this is DBS checks, a service that Online DBS Checks can provide quickly and efficiently. To explain why these criminal record checks are so vital, our experienced team have detailed the process below and how it applies to the scheme.

How the DBS will Support Homes for Ukraine

The initial details regarding the Homes for Ukraine scheme were announced on Friday 18th March 2022, which confirmed that DBS checks would play a vital role in these arrangements. Anyone in the UK who wants to join the scheme will have to apply for a DBS check, which will ensure that anyone with an unsuitable criminal record can’t take part and put the safety of Ukrainian refugees at risk.

These disclosure reviews completed by the Disclosure and Barring Service have already been implemented into the scheme. They have helped ensure that individuals and families travelling from Ukraine are safeguarded once they arrive in the UK.

Which Type of DBS Checks Will Be Required?

The decision as to which type of DBS check you need to apply for is up to your local authorities, who will discuss this with you before you complete your application. However, we can tell you that two of the most commonly used options are Basic and Enhanced DBS checks, both of which you can learn more about below.

Basic DBS Check

As their name suggests, Basic DBS checks are the base level of criminal record disclosure available in the UK. They only reveal the details of any relevant unspent convictions and cautions, as detailed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This option tends to be required for households that only sponsor adult refugees, which leads to every person in that household over the age of 16 requiring a Basic check.

Enhanced DBS Check

This option tends only to be used to recruit for positions that involve the care of children or vulnerable adults because Enhanced disclosure checks include a comprehensive review of any information on a criminal record. This can consist of spent or unspent convictions and cautions, warnings, reprimands and even an additional Barred List check.

Anyone over 16 who is part of a household sponsoring Ukrainian refugees may be subject to Enhanced DBS checks. This will occur if the Ukrainian family includes children under 18 or if there are adult members of the Ukrainian family that require additional support that the host will undertake.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to apply for a Basic, Enhanced or Standard DBS check, you can do so by reading a blog post that explains the differences between them.

Who Pays for the DBS Check?

Before the creation of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, the vast majority of DBS applications were completed for individuals to move into a new job role. In these cases, either the individuals or their employers would need to organise the application and pay for it themselves (depending on the level of check required).

However, anyone applying for a DBS check to participate in this scheme will instead have their costs paid for by their local councils. This aims to make it feasible for as many households as possible to sponsor refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

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