Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The primary role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.

The DBS (established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2013), became operational on 1 December 2012 and carries out the functions previously undertaken by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) for England and Wales and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland,

Referrals are made to the DBS when an employer or an organisation, for example, a regulatory body, has concerns that a person has caused harm or poses a future risk of harm to vulnerable groups including children. In these circumstances the employer legally must or regulatory body may, make a referral to the DBS.

The DBS follows a rigorous 5 stage process to ensure they make fair, consistent and thorough barring decisions that are an appropriate response to the harm that has occurred or to the risk of harm posed.

More information about the DBS [external link]