Local Government: Hailsham Town Council backed service reaches six year milestone

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A service set up by Hailsham Town Council to check the suitability of potential employees, volunteers and people working with children or vulnerable adults, has reached its sixth year in operation.

The council acts as a registered Umbrella Body with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enabling them to provide criminal record checks to various external organisations at competitive rates.

It has handled almost 600 requests for checks with over 30 specified service users since it began in May 2007. Town Clerk John Harrison said: “It is crucial that businesses, voluntary groups and other organisations check staff thoroughly before hiring them.

“For the past six years, the Town Council’s DBS checking service has played a significant part in helping employers to ensure that we have a safe and secure third sector in Hailsham and surrounding areas.

“We look forward to supporting these sectors through the service and providing further guidance throughout 2013/14 and welcome any new enquiries from organisations.”

Standard and enhanced disclosures can be provided and processing is hassle-free, taking approximately four to five weeks to complete.

Support and guidance on the DBS application process and an identity checking service are also offered as part of the service for companies and voluntary organisations in Hailsham and surrounding areas.

To access these services, contact Hailsham Town Council on 01323 841702 (during office hours).

Alternatively, email ynn.brand@hailsham-tc.gov.uk to request a call back.