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School of Health and Society

Disclosure and Barring Service

Safeguarding Children and Adults

A number of programmes within the School of Health and Society include a placement which involves engaging in what is known as a Regulated Activity. This Regulated Activity relating to adults and/or children is subject to receipt of satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Your offer of a place on one of these programmes is subject to receipt of satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. This condition will remain in place irrespective of whether you have registered as a student or commenced your studies. The University of Salford reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place to anyone who fails to provide a satisfactory DBS check. Moreover, failure to declare a conviction etc. that is subsequently revealed on a DBS check may also affect your offer of a place. The University accepts no responsibility for any adverse consequences which result from the University withdrawing your offer of a place on the course, or cancelling your registration and removing you from the course (as the case may be). When you have accepted a place at the University, prior to your commencement, we will email you instructions on how to apply for DBS clearance through the University’s online system. The online system is provided in conjunction with Atlantic Data Ltd and access to the online system is controlled by a login process, with all information provided through a secure website and all personal data is transmitted using encryption.

As well as obtaining DBS clearance you will be expected to self-declare if you have ever received any convictions, cautions, reprimands, bind-overs or final warnings for an offence which, when the Disclosure and Binding Service is processing your criminal record, will not be filtered out from the Police National Computer (please refer to the DBS Filtering Guide). Any information you declare will be considered by a School Admissions Panel. For more information on this please go to the section on Declaration of any convictions, cautions, reprimands, bind-overs and final warnings.

The University currently does not accept DBS Enhanced Certificates from any other registered bodies.However, if you subscribe to the DBS Update Service, and your DBS Certificate is the same level of check required for your programme, and not for a volunteer position, we will check your up to date status online with the DBS. 

When you receive your DBS Enhanced Certificate please keep it for future use, you can choose to subscribe to the DBS Update Service, however this is currently not a requirement of the University.If you decide to subscribe to the DBS Update Service you must do so within 19 days from the date of issue of your DBS Certificate. A fee is charged for the Update Service and this is paid directly to the DBS. 

The programmes which require you to apply for a DBS Enhanced check, checked against the Adult/Children's barred lists, are as follows; for the programmes marked with an asterisk, a DBS fee will be charged for your check.

School of Health and Society

The University of Salford fully complies with the DBS Code of Practice which sets out obligations for everyone participating in the Disclosure process.