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The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.


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CRB Check testimonial ".......They are very helpful and efficient, I have been using them for over 13 years..........."


Lorraine Brooks
"After using paper applications for so long I was a bit sceptical about changing, but after looking at how easy and straight forward it is to sign up I would definitely recommend it"


Richard Turner
CRB check testimonial ".......They are very helpful and efficient, I have been using them for over 13 years..........."


Lorraine Brooks
"After using paper applications for so long I was a bit sceptical about changing,
but after looking at how easy and straight forward it is to sign up I would definitely recommend it"


Richard Turner

What Is a CRB Check?

CRB check is the process of checking the criminal record data of current or potential employees. It helps the employers, organisations and charities in the recruitment process. It is required by law to perform a Standard CRB check, or Enhanced CRB check for certain job roles.

What Does CRB Stand For?

CRB is an abbreviation of the Criminal Records Bureau which has now merged with ISA to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

What Was the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)?

Launched in 2002 the Criminal Records Bureau was a Department of the Home Office that took over the administration of requests for Criminal Record checks from the individual police services. Using a paper-based system, they checked the criminal record data of candidates applying to work with children or vulnerable adults. As technology developed, it also helped this process evolve and start the criminal records check online in 2010.

Potential candidates working with children would also be checked against List 99.


What Is List 99?

List 99 was the confidential register of people that were barred by the DfES (Department of Education and Skills) from working with children. It contained their personal details such as name, alias, date of birth, national insurance number, etc.

List 99 was replaced in October 2009 with the Children’s and Adults’ Barred lists as a part of the Vetting and Barring Scheme. After replacing the List 99, the Criminal Records Bureau started performing the checks together with the ISA.


What Is the ISA?

The ISA is an abbreviation of the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

What Is The Independent Safeguarding Authority?

The Independent Safeguarding Authority was a non-departmental body which maintained a list of people barred from working with children. In 2012 it merged with the Criminal Records Bureau forming the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Why Did the Criminal Records Bureau Get Replaced?

One of the reasons the CRB failed was because of the slow progress of digitalisation. The manual CRB system struggled to cope with the volume of checks required. The waiting lists were long, and there were many complaints. In what it called a common sense approach and to improve the situation the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


What Is the DBS?

DBS is an abbreviation for the Disclosure and Barring Service.

What Is The Disclosure and Barring Service?

The Disclosure and Barring Service formed as a result of the merger between The Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority.


What Is a CRB Check Called Now?

The CRB checks are now called DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service checks). Still, it is still common practice to referer to a DBS check as a CRB check. There are three types of the CRB checks, depending on what is checked.

Basic CRB Check

The Basic checks (formerly known as Basic disclosure) are not required by law for any job position but can be requested for any job role or purpose. The Basic certificate will contain information on convictions and cautions from the Police National Computer considered as unspent according to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974.

Organisations can apply for a Basic CRB through Aaron's Department.

A Basic CRB is the only disclosure that an individual can request without going through an organisation.

Standard CRB Check

The Standard disclosure (now known as Standard DBS check) is required for job positions included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. It contains information on the spent and unspent convictions and cautions, reprimands and final warnings from the Police National Computer.

Individuals can't apply for this kind of CRB check. Only organisations can apply for the Standard CRB check via umbrella bodies such as Aaron's Department.

Enhanced CRB Check

An Enhanced disclosure (now known as Enhanced DBS check) is required for job positions included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975) and the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records). The certificate will contain information checked against the Police National Computer and information held by the local police.

Organisations can only apply for the Enhanced CRB check via Umbrella Bodies such as Aaron's Department.

Enhanced CRB Check with Barred List

The Enhanced disclosure with barred list checks is a check that contains the same information as the Enhanced CRB check plus additional checks carried out against the Children's barred list and the Adult’s barred list.


Why Did CRB Checks Change to DBS?

The Criminal Records Bureau, as a Department of the Home Office, was introduced in 2002. It helped the employers to find more information about their potential future employees and making the right decisions when hiring new staff. The CRB worked together with the Independent Safeguarding Authority to create the Vetting and Barring Scheme from 2009, but this was suspended after a review following the 2010 General Election. The review recommended merging of the CRB and ISA into another non-departmental public body. That is the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service). After the merging, the different types of checks are now called: Basic DBS check, Standard DBS check, Enhanced DBS check, Enhanced DBS check with barred list and Adult First check.


CRB Checks Guidance

You can find all of the necessary information regarding the different types of disclosure on this site. You need to understand the differences between each type of checks, so the possibility of making a mistake is avoided. If you don’t apply for the right type of disclosure required for the job position, then you could be wasting your money on the wrong type of check, and you might make the bigger mistake of employing a person that is not appropriate for the job position. Aaron's Department offers you an eligibility guidance.


CRB Check, How Long Does It Take?

The manual CRB checks normally took at least four weeks to be processed and then returned and sometimes, many months. Now with the DBS checks, things have changed. Using Aaron's Department's online system, it is possible to get a result back in less than a day.

Why Can Some CRB Checks Take Longer than Others?

The processing time of CRB checks varies with the different applications. Factors that can affect the time taken can be how many addresses a person has resided at, the type of check required or the popularity of a person name. However, because our system is connected directly to the UK Government’s gateway, using Aaron’s Department’s online system guarantees that your application will be processed quickly, so you can get your staff into work as soon as possible.

You can check the progress of your application and what stage it is at using our online tracking service.


How Can I Apply for a CRB Check?

If you are an individual and need to apply for a basic CRB check, you should do it directly on the UK Government's website.

If your an organisation applying for CRB checks, your best choice is applying with Aaron's Department online system.


Do CRB Checks Expire?

Officially, the CRB checks don’t have an expiration date but they disclose information on criminal activities and convictions that happened before the certificate was issued. Effectively the checks become obsolete as soon as the certificates are printed.

There are some suggestions from authorities to renew the CRB checks every three years, but each organisationcan decide on that individually depending on their needs. However, Nursing Agencies are required by law to renew the DBS checks yearly.



Standard DBS Check

In order to apply for a standard DBS, the position being applied for must be listed in the rehabilitation of offenders act (ROA) 1974.

Enhanced DBS Check

To be eligible for an enhanced DBS, the position being applied for must not only be listed in the ROA 1974, as well as being listed in the Police act 1997.

DBS Adult First

Service exclusive to the health sector. Requests for DBS Adult First checks carry a strict criteria and are permissible only where it is necessary to take such action.

Low cost DBS

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DBS Benefits

Processing your DBS checks online is faster, there is no waiting for the post, for the DBS to scan it onto the system, for it to appear before you can track it.

DBS Online service

A fast online service provided to employers who have applicants who due to the nature of their work require a DBS check to be completed.

Recruitment Agencies

Process your Recruitment agency's DBS applications online and get your candidates into work faster.

Homecare

Specifically designed to alleviate the problems Homecare organisations have applying for DBS checks. Our online system will save you time. Stay compliant, stay safe, free sign up.

Dental Practice DBS

A Dentist, Dental Nurse or receptionist? You may require a DBS check depending on the role or duties you do.

Getting Started

Further information and advice on how to register and start applying for a DBS check.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to those questions you have always had about DBS checks!

Reference Checking tips

It pays to be careful who you are employing, some tips and advice to help you protect your company from individuals trying to circumvent your recruitment and vetting procedures.


Testimonials

CRB Check testimonial "...They are very helpful and efficient, I have been using them for over 13 years..."


Lorraine Brooks
"After using paper applications for so long I was a bit sceptical about changing, but after looking at how easy and straight forward it is to sign up I would definitely recommend it"


Richard Turner
"Fantastic service for the DBS.

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I will always use this company for my Applications"


Rachel Green
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it has definitely helped me get my staff into work faster than before"


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