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Disclosure and Barring

In December 2012 the DBS was created when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB – responsible for managing the disclosure of criminal records) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA – responsible for managing the barred lists; formerly List 99 for education).

There are no changes to the legal duty to make safeguarding referrals to the DBS - this duty is triggered when a member of staff has been dismissed or moved to other work not involving contact with vulnerable groups including children; or might have been if they had not left because the person has harmed or posed a risk of harm to vulnerable groups including children.

The DBS now manages both disclosures and barring list checks. (Click here to view the DBS website). 

When you take on new staff, if they have registered with the DBS Update Service, all you need to do is ask to see their DBS certificate and carry out a free, online check to see if it is still valid and up-to-date. When launched, applicants will apply for a DBS check (in the normal way), they can, at the same time, apply to register online for the Update Service. If they do they will be able to take their DBS certificate with them, from job-to-job (in the same sector), and may never need to apply for another one, ever again. You also benefit, as you will be able to check the DBS certificate online and get instant results.


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