If the Direct Payments are for services to a child under 16 or to an adult where there is a child in the house under 16, the local authority insists that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is undertaken for any assistant to be employed.

You need to advise the potential assistant about this as early in the process as possible.

If the service user is a child you will need to contact The Children’s Disabilities Team on Tel 01384 815813 for your PA to complete a DBS.

If the Direct Payments is for an adult and there are children in the house under 16, you need to contact the Direct Payments Team on 01384 813465.

Dudley MBC strongly recommends, however that all assistants are DBS checked before they are employed, even if there are only adults in the house. Local Support Team can request these checks on your behalf.

You must remember that a DBS check should be just one way that you check that your staff are suitable to work with you and your family. DBS checks are useful but will only reveal relevant convictions up to the date the check was done.

DBS checks are valid for 3 years. You will need to ensure that your PA’s next DBS check has come back clear before their old one runs out, so they don’t have a break in their employment.

You should always take up references for anyone you wish to employ and always try and reduce the risk of putting yourself in a vulnerable position. Regular supervision of your workers is a good way of keeping track of what they are doing and how, and also an opportunity to voice any concerns you may have. If you are unsure about any of the information in this section you should always check out what you are thinking of doing either with Local Support Team on 01384 671214 or your local Direct Payments Team on 01384 813465.

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