Launch of the New Disclosure and Barring Service
December 2012 sees the launch of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), a merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
This new organisation will provide a combined, consistent service joining the criminal records checking and barring functions.
The DBS searches police records and, in relevant cases, barred list information, and then issues a DBS certificate to the applicant and employer to help them make an informed recruitment decision and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.
- Referrals and barring
The barring side of the DBS provides expert caseworkers who process referrals about individuals or who have harmed or pose a risk of harm to children and/or vulnerable groups. They make decisions about who should be placed on the children’s barred list and/or adults barred list and prevented by law from working with children or vulnerable groups.
- Criminal record checking
The checking service allows employers to access the criminal record history of people working, or seeking to work in certain positions, especially those that involve working with children or adults in specific situations. The checking service is supported by additional online services which include application tracking, DBS adult first, e-bulk and an umbrella body search facility.
- Service standards
The DBS checking service is measured against published service standards. The performance of the DBS and individual police forces is made available on a monthly basis.
In spring 2013, the DBS will be launching the Update Service, with more details being released in the New Year. The DBS will also start issuing the disclosure certificate only to the applicant. This will give the applicant a much fairer process in challenging or clarifying any information on the disclosure, before it is shared with the employer.
Only organisations and licensors who can ask an exempted question can ask individuals to apply for a DBS check. An exempted question is a valid request for a person to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions.
Further information is available on the Home Office website (opens in a new window).
Source: Home Office 20/12/2012