HR and Employment Services
South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.
Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:
- Terms and Conditions for local government staff and school staff including teachers
- Day to day problematic employee relations
We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:
- Recruitment and Workforce Development including suport via pyschometric testing and 360° appraisal
- Job Evaluation / Pay and Grading
- Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations
- Pre-Tribunal Conciliation
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Conferences and Workshops
Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.
Online Disclosure & Barring Service
The Police Act 1997 established the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to give employers and voluntary organisations access to criminal record information. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks
South West Councils offers an online DBS checking service in partnership with North East Regional Employers’ Organisation, who is a Registered Body in accordance with paragraph 120 of the Police Act 1997. DBS checks are processed quickly and cost effectively via the online DBS system. The secure online environment provides a speedy, economical and high quality service based on absolute accuracy.
Benefits to using the online service?
Online processing is over 50% faster compared to paper applications
Reduced Stationery Costs
A minimum of £12 admin fee per check plus VAT + DBS fee for SW Councils members (non-members rates available on request)
Pay as you go per DBS check
No monthly fee
No system costs as accessed through the internet
No minimum usage
Discounted rates available for high volumes
Reasons for using the DBS disclosure service
If an organisation has a duty of care to protect children or vulnerable adults from harm
If an organisation is contractually obliged to supply staff who have undergone the necessary recruitment checks to work with children in a regulated position (definition of a regulated position and childcare can be found in the guidance notes for the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act – details available here or by contacting South West Councils on 01823 425222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your organisation is a regulated childcare organisation;
If you recruit persons into positions as specified in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order
If you need to strengthen your market position by providing an extra level of service to your customers and demonstrate your commitment and responsibility to child protection .
Download related documents
- DBS Leaflet - PDF format (184 Kb)