About Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). All CRB checks carried out by DBS are now called DBS checks such Standard DBS and Enhanced DBS.
There are three types of DBS check. Please note criminal record check applicants must be 16 or over however individuals and the self-employed cannot apply for a check directly to the DBS. Click here to view DBS’s own eligibility guidance for positions able to apply for a DBS Check.
Standard DBS Check
This will check for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings, and will take about two weeks (time-frames based on DBS website).
Enhanced DBS Check
This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that’s reasonably considered relevant to the workforce being applied for (adult, child or ‘other’ workforce). It takes about four weeks (time-frames based on DBS website).
‘Other’ workforce means those who don’t work with children or adults specifically, but potentially both, eg taxi driver. In this case, the police will only release information that’s relevant to the post being applied for.
Enhanced DBS Check with children’s and/or adults’ barred list check(s)
This is like the enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists, and takes about four weeks (time-frames based on DBS website).
DBS Adult First
Formerly known as ‘ISA Adult First’, the DBS Adult First allows an individual to be checked against the DBS Adults’ Barred List. Dependant on the result of the check, this service allows the individual to start work under supervision while waiting for their full CRB check results.
Why ask for a DBS?
A DBS check may be needed for certain jobs or voluntary work – eg working with children, or in healthcare applying to foster or adopt a child. Click here to view DBS’s own eligibility guidance for positions able to apply for a DBS Adult First.