Here in the UK we have what are known as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks (formerly known as CRB checks). An employer can require you to have a DBS for certain jobs such as working with children, working with animals, working in health care, working in financial services, accountants, lawyers, working for a governmental body or working in the police force. Some volunteer roles also require a DBS check.
You can find out more information on the home office website.
I work in a role requiring a DBS check. I am currently due for a renewed check. This requires a lot of detailed information – some of which I had kept from my last check (but needed updated) and others that I could not find a record for.
To complete the DBS form you need to provide the details of your background and your previous addresses for the last five years. If you already keep a record of previous addresses – review and update yours today.
For those of you who don’t write your list now.
If you don’t own your own home and change rentals frequently this can be a challenge to remember so save yourself the time and keep a record in your career journal, your career development folder or even your household filofax.