On Saturday 1 December 2012, a new non–departmental Public Body was created, so uniting the functions of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is now responsible for maintaining the barred lists. Institutions must not allow a person who they know or have reason to believe has been barred by the DBS, and who therefore appears on the list, to engage in regulated activity. Appropriate referrals must also now be sent to the DBS, which will also conduct CRB checks. Enhanced CRB checks are still possible on anyone who fell within the old definition of regulated activity. However, enhanced disclosures for those no longer in regulated activity will not include barred list information.
The service enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work (regulated activity).
DBS checks are required as part of the Research Passport Scheme.
Disclosure applications for staff are handled by HR. Application forms can be obtained from the HR Assistants.
Who is eligible for a DBS check?
Guidance for identifying who should receive a DBS check
Acceptable identification documents
Printable table of acceptable identification documents