CRB checks

  • Angharhad Owen

    Actor

    Hiya.

    I'm looking for advice please on CRB checks/enhanced CRB checks for actors, specifically can we as self-employed people apply for our own?

    I've not worked directly with kids or on a kids show since about 2004 prior to that I worked with the home office for a little while and had all the CTCs done

    I'm currently a personal licence holder so have the basic disclosure Scotland thing but assume that's not enough.

    Thanks all

    Ange

    • 14th Jun 2017
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    You can apply yourself. It costs between £30 - £40. This is one link you can look at which will give youn all the info you need.

    www.personnelchecks.co.uk/crb-checks/

    As self employed it can also be written off against tax. One big potential problem is you can get a CRB check when applying for one company but once you've finished with that one you might have to get another when applying for a different company even though your current one is valid for a year. But sometimes the validation is for the company you are working for. Can get pretty damned expensive.

    Check first before you apply for one. MAke a point of telling tehm it's for acting work and get confirmation of any information from them in writing if they tell you that's the only one you will need for multiple companies.

    Best to err on the side of carefulness.

    Good luck. Frank

    • 24th Oct 2012
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    Hey Ange,

    Just recently done my CRB check online and received my certificate. Very simple process and cost £25!!

    www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/apply-online/

    Hope this helps.

    Damola

    • 24th Oct 2012
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    Doh! Just re-read your message.

    • 24th Oct 2012
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  • Amee Smith

    Actor

    You can't apply for the CRB check you are talking about yourself.

    It has to be applied for by a registered organisation wanting to employ you.

    It might be worth noting that the CRB will soon be known as the DBS (Discolure and Barring Service)which might help with searching for more info.

    www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/crime/disclosure-and-barring/leaflet-england-wales?view=Binary

    • 25th Oct 2012
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Is there an age limit to CRB checks. What I mean is....what is the cut off age of youngster we are being CRB checked for. 16?

    • 25th Oct 2012
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    Mark most CRBs are valid for working with young people (usually uner 16s) and vulnerable people of all ages.

    As far as I'm aware you can't apply for an enhanced disclosure as a self employed person which is very frustrating, you need an employer to do so on your behalf. The prices are usually around £40 I've found and the process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to more than a month.

    Hope that helps!

    • 25th Oct 2012
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Thank you and yes!

    • 25th Oct 2012
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    so im a little confused....

    If you want a CRB check, you can ONLY get one if it is through a company you are working for? and Not an individual even if you are self-employed?

    There are a couple of jobs I would like to apply for here on Casting Call Pro but cannot apply for because they require a CRB - but I cannot get a CRB unless a company gets it for me ? So therefor cannot get the job ?

    • 29th Oct 2012
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    I wrote off to a registered organisation (see below) and also spoke to Exams officer Josh Chelms, he then sent me via post CRB disclosure application pack with the following : guidelines, application form, post office verify form and freepost envelope.

    Within two weeks I had my CRB.

    Rockschool

    Evergreen house

    2-4 King street

    Twickenham

    Middlesex

    Tw1 3RZ

    0845 460 4747

    • 30th Oct 2012
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  • Dan Gregory

    Actor

    Not just youngsters Mark I need one for Workshops I di with people with Learning Difficulties.

    • 30th Oct 2012
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    Yes its very difficult to get a CRB without having one done for you via a company.

    I have just had another one done for a new job it has only taken a week am just waiting for the certificate.

    There should be a way for self employed people to do it though I think

    • 30th Oct 2012
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  • Kate Benfield

    Actor

    There are some charities and umbrella companies that help self-employed people apply for CRB checks through them.

    • 30th Oct 2012
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    I think I must have had about Ten or more CRB checks.

    Have a read of this and let us know what you think :-)

    www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/47/schedule/4

    • 30th Oct 2012
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  • Angharhad Owen

    Actor

    thanks folks this is all super helpful

    • 2nd Nov 2012
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  • Karen Allen

    Actor

    Hi,

    If you get into volunteering you can get a CRB done through your local Voluntary Action Centre - lots of towns have one but if not google it. They will do you one for free but you need to be volunteering somewhere. The VA centre will have a list of opportunities where you can go and volunteer, but you do need to be committed. Some youth clubs and places like that need volunteers so it would just be an odd evening per week maybe? Look into it, it enhances your CV too :)

    • 2nd Nov 2012
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  • Andrea Gould

    Actor

    You can apply for a basic disclosure certificate yourself. There are some websites which charge more than others.

    Does anyone know how to upload the DBS certificate to casting call Pro? I have recently had mine updated and I can't find an FAQS section on the casting call Pro website, or any information about uploading it. Thanks

    • 14th Jun 2017
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