Disclosure and Barring Service
On 1 December 2012, CRB merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and will provide a joined up service to combine the criminal records and barring functions.
The FSPA is a registered body for DBS checks and members can apply for DBS checks through us.
For more information on DBS checks please contact Eileen Taylor on firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions on our FAQ's page or by visiting the DBS website
Receiving the disclosure certificate
The DBS will no longer send a copy of the disclosure certificate to the Umbrella Body, which means we will not be able to write to you to confirm the outcome of the check. Employers will now need to ask the applicants to see their certificate. Progress of applications can be tracked online via the DBS tracking service.
Update Service now available
From 17th June 2013, individuals can now join the Update Service putting them in greater control of their information; allowing them to reuse their DBS certificates when applying for similar jobs. This will reduce bureaucracy and save them time and money.
If an individual subscribes to the Update Service their employer can go online, with their consent, and carry out a free, instant check to find out if the information released on the DBS certificate is current and up-to-date.
To enable individuals to reuse their DBS certificates in the Update Service, you must now include the relevant Workforce in line 1 and the Position Applied For in line 2 of field x61 on the application form, as per the new form completion rules below.
New DBS branded form
The DBS have introduced new application forms and as from the 28 February 2013 the DBS will no longer accept the old CRB branded forms.
Any discosures that have been carried out before this date will still be valid.
New definition of Regulated Activity
The definition of Regulated Activity changed from 10 September 2012 with the introduction of The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. From this date only those who fall within the new definition are entitled to an Enhanced DBS check with a check of the relevant barred lists. All those who fall within the old definition can continue to have an enhanced check but without the barred lists.
The new definition states that only those who are involved in unsupervised activities such as teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children; Happens frequently (once a week or more often), and intensively (or on 4 or more days in a 30-day period); and the person must be classed as 'unsupervised'
New Form Completion Rules
You must now use both lines when answering question x61. The first line must be used to tell us the workforce the individual will be working in and then you can complete the second line with the actual position applied for. Find out more