The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was established in 2012 and carries out the functions previously undertaken by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
We help to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.
Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at the DBS.
We are responsible for:
- processing requests for, and issuing, DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
- making considered decisions regarding whether an individual should be barred from engaging in regulated activity with children, adults or both, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- maintaining the children’s and adults’ barred lists
Disclosure checks (DBS checks)
Our disclosure team carries out criminal record checks that result in DBScertificates being issued to an individual. Employers can then ask to see this certificate to ensure that they are recruiting suitable people into their organisation.The information contained on each type of check is different, as is the process for applying.
An enhanced DBS check is suitable for people working with children or adults in certain circumstances such as those in receipt of healthcare or personal care. An enhanced check is also suitable for a small number of other roles such as taxi licence applications or people working in the Gambling Commission.
The certificate will contain the same details as a standard certificate and, if the role is eligible, an employer can request that one or both of the DBSbarred lists are checked.
The certificate may also contain non-conviction information supplied by a Chief Officer, if they feel it is relevant and ought to be contained in the certificate.
An individual cannot apply for an enhanced check by themselves. There must be a recruiting organisation who needs the applicant to get the check. This is then sent to DBS through a registered body.