The current CL1 contract which is run by Capita, is the main source of contract jobs in the public sector. A lot of the public sector contracts in project management in the UK require a criminal records check as part of the standard checking process.
This requirement – for the criminal record check – is often needed before your CV and profile are submitted to the hiring manager for review which has led to project management contractors being ready when they make their applications.
There has been a recent change in what criminal record checking system to use. It used to be Disclosure Scotland.
It is now the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
This is now the system to use if you’re living or working in England and Wales.
Anyone can apply for what is called a “basic disclosure”.
The check “will only show convictions that aren’t ‘spent’, for example some types of caution will disappear after 3 months.”
Making an Application
If you’re thinking about working as a project management contractor in the public sector – or you currently do and need to ensure your paperwork is up to date – you need to make an application on the DBS.
You’ll need the following documentation in order to verify who you are:
- all your addresses for the last 5 years and the dates you lived there
- your National Insurance number
- a debit or credit card
- proof of your identity, for example a passport, valid driving licence or birth certificate (if you haven’t used GOV.UK Verify before)
The application takes up to 14 days to receive your certificate
It also costs £25.
Once you receive your certificate, you’re ready to go ahead and start applying for contracting opportunities in the public sector. When asked, just share your certificate.