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Disclosure and Barring Service DBS - Organisations

NOTE: The Disclosure and Barring Service is the mergement of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) departments. If your interest is based from a volunteering role please see this page.


The Government has made changes starting from September 2012 to criminal records and barring arrangements. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now known as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

The main charges are as follows:

  • New definition of regulated activity.
  • Repeal of controlled activity.
  • Repeal of registration and continous monitoring.
  • Repeal of additional information.
  • Minimum age is now 16 at which someone can apply for a CRB check.

New definition of regulated activity

A regulated activity is an activity that the ISA (Now part of the Disclosure and Barring Service) decides a person is barred from. One change is scaling back the types of activities considered. There is now a greater focus on work which involves close and unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups including children.

Repeal of controlled activity:

The controlled category covered people who might have less contact with vulnerable groups than people in regulated activity. For example people who deal with records. This category no longer exists.

Repeal of registration and continous monitoring:

This is a confirmation that people who want to work with vulnerable people under the Vetting and Barring Scheme will not be continuously monitored for any new criminal record information.

DBS Update Service:

From the DBS Update Service Employer Guide: For a small annual subscription of just £13 (free for volunteers), applicants can have their DBS Certificate kept up-to-date and take it with them from role to role, within the same workforce, where the same type and level of check is required.

Next time you recruit someone and need to get them DBS checked - why not ask if they are a member of the Update Service. If they are, with their permission, you can use their current DBS Certificate and carry out a free, instant online check to see if any new information has come to light since its issue.

Further information:

Further information can be found on the governments website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/about-us1/what-we-do/

Here you can find a leaflet on keeping adults safe - stop abuse Keeping adults safe 

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