DBS Check

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure Applications
To obtain further information on how to go through a DBS check contact

Please note we are no longer able to process the old Criminal Records Bureau pink forms, as these have now been replaced by the Disclosure & Barring Service Forms.

(Information as provided by the Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service)
From 1 December 2012, the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged to form a new organisation, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). All documents will be rebranded including the Application form and Certificate. Completing the application form will be the same but DBS has removed references to CRB and ISA.
DBS Certificates will be issued for all completed checks from 1 December 2012.
The primary role of the DBS is to help employers to make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children, through its criminal record checking and barring functions.

Referrals and Barring

The barring side of the DBS provides expert caseworkers who process referrals about individuals or who have harmed or posed a risk of harm to children and/or vulnerable groups. They make decisions about who should be placed on the children’s barred list and/or adults barred list and prevented by law from working with children or vulnerable groups.

Criminal Record Checking

The checking service allows employers to access the criminal record history of people working, or seeking to work in certain positions, especially those that involve working with children or adults in specific situations.
The checking service is supported by additional online services which include application tracking, DBS adult first, e-bulk and an umbrella body search facility.
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Please note: All Archery GB documents will now be changed to refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and not to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

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Free Portable Criminal Records Checks announced for volunteers
Volunteers will soon benefit from a free service which will allow them to re-use criminal records checks time and time again, the government has announced.
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Archery GB will provide further information when this becomes available from the Home Office.

Privacy for Transgender Applications

The DBS offers a confidential checking process to protect the privacy of applicants who have undergone gender reassignment. This process provides applicants with the opportunity not to reveal their previous name(s) and/or gender to their employer, or other organisation, when applying for a DBS check.

The DBS is fully committed to promoting equality and eliminating discrimination on grounds of gender identity and this process ensures that a transgender person’s application is dealt with sensitively and without the need to disclose previous names to the employer, whilst maintaining the integrity of the DBS service.

The DBS provides a designated point of contact for transgender applicants, dedicating a small resource to deal with any queries that are raised, and provides help and support throughout the process. They are also solely responsible for contacting the applicant if further information is required.

If an applicant has a conviction under their previous details, it will show on a completed check. If a certificate is going to show any personal details that the applicant may not wish to disclose, the applicant will be informed of this and they will have the opportunity to withdraw the application.

Anyone wishing to use the process must contact the DBS Sensitive line directly on 0151 676 1452. Alternatively, the DBS has a dedicated e-mail address for enquiries regarding transgender applications:


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