What is the DBS?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions every year. They do this by processing and issuing DBS checks and certificates for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The DBS service also maintains the Adults' Barred List and Children's Barred List and makes considered decisions whether an individual should be included on one/both lists, thus being barred from engaging in regulated activities.
It replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), when they merged in 2012.


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The checks which the DBS provides are:

Basic DBS Check

This contains a filtered list of convictions and conditional cautions from the Police National Computer (PNC) which are considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974.
More information about Basic DBS checks can be found here.

Standard DBS Check

A Standard DBS check contains a list of both spent and unspent convictions, as well as final warnings, and reprimands contained on the Police National Computer (PNC).
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Enhanced DBS Check

An Enhanced DBS check is the most detailed level of DBS check, and therefore can be requested only in specific instances. These include duties, positions, and licences which are included in ROA 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975) and the Police Act 1997 regulations. Enhanced DBS Certificates have the same information as Standard Certificates, but also include information the local police force considers to be relevant for disclosure.
Please note: The Standard and Enhanced Checks are DBS checks for employers only, as they cannot be applied for by an individual.
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