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DBS checks for people working overseas

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There are two scenarios for DBS checks for people working overseas:

  1. applicants who are applying for a job in the UK but have lived overseas
  2. overseas opportunities for people living in the UK.

DBS checks can be requested for anyone who has a UK address. If you have a UK-based opportunity and the applicant has been based overseas for a significant period, you can refer to the Home Office guidance on criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

If you’re creating opportunities for people to work or volunteer overseas and they live or have lived in the UK, you can ask them to get an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC). The police guidance on ICPC explains the information it contains.

This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 26 April 2023

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