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Disclosure and Barring Service - DBS
We are a registered umbrella body with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and therefore comply with the DBS code of practice. We provide a DBS service both internally to our staff and externally to various outside organisations. Our recruitment and selection services can provide expert information and advice on the DBS checking process to all users.
Electronic online process
Apply online for a DBS check
We are now using a state of the art online application system called e-DBS. This is the preferred method of form completion because of the benefits to be gained which include speed and efficiency. Paper applications will still be available in exceptional circumstances.
The online checking process is quick and easy to use. There are three main parts to the process:
Stage one - DBS application form
The applicant completes the online application form, where all the required data is captured and validated. Access further information about the application process and apply online.
Stage two - application management
The applicant's ID is verified and the application is checked and authorised for online submission to the DBS Managers / verifiers can access further information about the application / verification process and manage applications online.
Stage three - disclosure processing
The application data is transferred securely to the DBS for certificate processing, once completed an electronic disclosure result is received.
If you would like further information on the DBS checking process available to outside organisations as an umbrella body, view the DBS information for partners.
Statement of fair processing
Our registered body ensures that all electronic processing of DBS applications and certificates is carried out in accordance with ISO 27001, the DBS code of practice, regulations and Data Protection Act. View the full statement of fair processing here.
Since March 2002, the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously Criminal Records Bureau) has enabled employers to check the criminal records of employees and potential employees in order to ascertain whether or not they are suitable to work in regulated activity with children or adults. For workers with roles in these areas, a valid DBS certificate is a requirement of the job.
Additionally, there are lists of individuals who are barred from working in regulated activity with children or adults which are also now managed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). New safeguarding regulations introduced in October 2009 place an obligation on employers, social services and professional regulators to notify the DBS of any relevant information so that individuals who pose a threat to vulnerable groups are barred from working with them. Additionally, it is a criminal offence for a person who is barred from working in regulated activity to apply for a role which requires them to work in regulated activity.
Types of DBS disclosure
There are two types of DBS checks available, a standard or an enhanced check. It is important to understand the differences in the two checks and apply at the right level.
DBS related enquiries - frequently asked questions