CRB Checks are now called DBS Checks
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) replaced the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)
and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in 2012. It has been set up to assist employers in the
recruitment of suitable people and safeguard vulnerable adults and children. Standard DBS checks
only include those people who have or have had a criminal record, enhanced DBS checks also include
information held be local police forces. Of course.
Different types of checks
There are different levels of disclosure types of DBS checks.
Standard DBS Check
A Standard disclosure check is only available to employers to obtain on behalf of their
employees and reveals details of any spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands
or warnings that a person has had.
To be eligible for a standard level DBS certificate, the position must be included in the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order
Enhanced DBS Check
An enhanced disclosure check is the highest level you can request. It is normally requested
in roles that involve caring for children and vulnerable adults. It is only available
to employers to obtain on behalf of their employees, and searches the applicants’ criminal
history for any spent or unspent cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions. Plus
any information that is held by local police that is considered relevant to the role.
To be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate, the position must be included
in both the ROA Exceptions Order and in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations.
Enhanced DBS Check with barred lists
shows the same as an enhanced check plus whether the applicant is on the list of
people barred from doing the role.
To be eligible to request a check of the children’s or adults’ barred lists, the
position must be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate as above and be specifically
included in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations as able to check the
appropriate barred list or barred lists.
If you are not an employer but you are self-employed, you are not permitted to access
any of the DBS checks categories listed above. However, organisations that are paying
for your services that involve a particularly sensitive role may apply for one on
If you are a childminder, for example, you can ask Ofsted to undertake a DBS check
on your behalf.
Basic DBS Checks explained
DBS Scotland offers a basic check which includes convictions and conditional cautions
that according to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 are unspent. The cost
for this service is £25.
A DBS Scotland basic disclosure is available for anyone living within the UK, and
is available to individuals via DBS Scotland.
The search checks the applicants criminal history for any 'unspent' convictions.
WEALTH WARNING 1
SOME FIRMS WILL CHARGE YOU AN ADMIN FEE FOR THIS SERVICE, UNLIKE A ENHANCED DBS
AND STANDARD DBS CHECK, A BASIC DISCLOSURE IS AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM
WEALTH WARNING 2
ENSURE YOU APPLY FOR THE CORRECT DISCLOSURE IF YOU CHOOSE THE WRONG ONE YOU WILL
HAVE TO PAY AGAIN FOR ANOTHER