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Disclosure and Barring Guidance

On 1st December 2012 the work of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) was merged into a new, single public body called the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Our documentation and that of the DBS will be re-branded in due course.

Update January 2015

The DBS online service is now live enabling DBS applications to be submitted via an electronic e-bulk service.

This service is provided as part of your recruitment package or as a stand alone service. Please contact us on 0300 126 6661 (Monday - Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm) should you need any further details regarding this service.


With effect from 10th September 2012 changes were made to the disclosure checking regime, some of which include:

  • Changes to roles subject to DBS checks
  • New definitions of regulated activity for those working with children and adults
  • A change in the types of Enhanced DBS checks that are now available
  • Removal of the eligibility for DBS checks for some roles e.g. those working in what was classed as 'Controlled Activity'

On 29th May 2013 the Disclosure and Barring Service announced that some minor offences and cautions would be filtered from the the information provided on the certificates.

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