Home Office written question – answered on 26th June 2017.
Baroness Coussins Crossbench
Her Majesty's Government what is the procedure for freelance public service interpreters and translators to apply for clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service
Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department
An individual who is seeking to work with children or vulnerable adults may be eligible for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, eligibility for which is set out in Part V of the Police Act 1997. Eligibility takes into account the activities and circumstances under which the person is performing the role, and not necessarily the profession.
Interpreters and translators in certain public service positions may accordingly already be eligible for enhanced checks, for example those working within prisons or those working in certain roles with children or vulnerable adults. It is for an employer to satisfy themselves that the relevant position is eligible under the current legal provisions. Detailed guidance on eligibility is provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service.