INDEPENDENT MONITOR FOR THE DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE (DBS)

Announced
Body: Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS)
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Regulation
Location: Central London, with flexibility. National and international travel may be required.
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Remuneration will be £548 per day. The appointment is not pensionable. The post holder can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred during the course of their duties, outside of their normal place of work at rates set centrally.
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment of the role is approximately 150 days per annum.

Announcement

An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

TBC

Date: 01/10/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    24/04/2018

  • Closed for Applications

    15/05/2018

  • Panel Sift

    22/05/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    18 and 20 June 2018

  • Announcement

    1 October 2018

Shortlist Meeting is expected to take place week commencing 22 May 2018.

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was launched on 1 December 2012. Its disclosure service enables employers and voluntary organisations in England and Wales to make informed recruitment decisions using information from police records and other sources. In 2015, the role of the Independent Monitor was extended to include Northern Ireland.

The role of the Independent Monitor provides a fully independent element, separate to police and the DBS, to the arrangements providing for the inclusion of local police information on an enhanced criminal record certificate. The functions of the Independent Monitor are important in ensuring that sensitive police information is disclosed appropriately and proportionately, striking the right balance between public protection and the rights of individual applicants.

The key responsibilities of the Independent Monitor are to:

·       review disputes as to the information provided by chief officers of police for disclosure on enhanced criminal record certificates (ECRCs); 

·       review samples of cases where information from local police records has been included (or not included) on disclosure certificates or disclosed via the DBS Update Service;

·       produce an annual report to the Home Secretary (which is publicly available), making recommendations as to possible changes to law or guidance in this area;

·       examine a sample of cases in Northern Ireland where local police information is provided for certificates issued by Access NI and cases where the police have such information but decide that it ought not to be disclosed;

·       review disputes from applicants regarding local police information included in Access NI certificates;

·       respond to challenge of Independent Monitor decisions, including by way of Judicial Review; and 

·       engage in stakeholder management to build and maintain relationships with DBS, Policy and Policing colleagues.

The key responsibilities of the Independent Monitor are to:

·       review disputes as to the information provided by chief officers of police for disclosure on enhanced criminal record certificates (ECRCs); 

·       review samples of cases where information from local police records has been included (or not included) on disclosure certificates or disclosed via the DBS Update Service;

·       produce an annual report to the Home Secretary (which is publicly available), making recommendations as to possible changes to law or guidance in this area;

·       examine a sample of cases in Northern Ireland where local police information is provided for certificates issued by Access NI and cases where the police have such information but decide that it ought not to be disclosed;

·       review disputes from applicants regarding local police information included in Access NI certificates;

·       respond to challenge of Independent Monitor decisions, including by way of Judicial Review; and 

·       engage in stakeholder management to build and maintain relationships with DBS, Policy and Policing colleagues.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in the person specification. These responses will be further explored with those candidates invited for interview.

There are no fixed views on the specific professional background or sector for this role although experience at a senior level in a legal, law enforcement or regulatory setting would be useful.

You will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • A proven track record in a relevant field of making sound independent judgements which have been open to scrutiny and challenge;
  • Proven experience of successfully analysing and evaluating complex, sensitive and challenging information;
  • Evidence of being an able and clear communicator. Experienced in researching and producing informative, persuasive and succinct reports;
  • A proven track record of engaging successfully with others, building productive working relationships with a variety of partner organisations;
  • A proven track record of managing operational casework in a complex environment and of making system improvements;
  • An understanding of the issues around safeguarding and public protection, criminal records, police disclosures and accompanying legislation; and
  • A sound understanding of, and strong commitment to, equal opportunities, diversity, public service values and the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level and potentially Police vettingPre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-5 weeks to obtain the security clearance.

How to Apply

For further information and details on how to apply, please see the recruitment information pack and supporting documentation form attached.

Completed applications comprising CV, Supporting Statement, and Supporting Documentation form, should be emailed to:

publicappointments@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Attachments
180423 - Independent Monitor DBS - Candidate Pack - Final
2018 - Annex A - Supporting Documentation
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