A dedicated umbrella body for Criminal Record Checks (CRBs) throughout the United Kingdom

Disclosure & Barring Service Information

The Disclosure & Barring Service [DBS] an Executive Agency of the Home Office, provides wider access to criminal record information through its Checking service.

This 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, especially that involving children and vulnerable adults.  The CRBwas established under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and was launched in March 2002.

The DBS’s aim is to help protect children and vulnerable adults by providing a first-class service to support organisations recruiting people into positions of trust.

Organisations wishing to use the service can ask successful job applicants to apply for one of two types of check.   The type of check required will depend upon the nature of the position.  These are called Enhanced and Standard Checks; both require a fee but are free of charge to volunteers.

The Disclosure & Barring Service provides this service in England and Wales

Disclosure Scotland, launched on 29 April 2002, was developed under the guidance of the Scottish Government following the enactment of Part V of the Police Act 1997.  It provides the same disclosure service to organisations based in Scotland.

AccessNI is a Criminal History Disclosure Service within the Department of Justice In Northern Ireland. AccessNI