About the service
We provide Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, to help organisations undertake security checks of those working for them, ensuring that their customers are protected from harm.
We can also provide individual support on a face to face basis, and develop specific solutions to individual challenges faced by you (including training courses).
A DBS check is a legal requirement:
- for certain jobs or voluntary work, for example working with children or in healthcare
- to foster or adopt a child
There are three types of DBS checks, which are only available for applicants who are 16 or over:
- Standard – this will check for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.
- Enhanced – this includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police that is reasonably considered relevant to the workforce being applied for (adult, child or ‘other’ workforce). ‘Other’ workforce means those who don’t work with children or adults specifically, but potentially both, eg taxi drivers. In this case, the police will only release information that is relevant to the post being applied for.
- Enhanced with list checks – this is like the enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists. An employer can only ask for a barred list check for specific roles. It’s a criminal offence to ask for a check for any other roles.
Registering for the service
Before completing a registration form, please read the eligibility guide.
Not all job roles are eligible for a DBS check, to ensure that a job role requires a DBS check, or the correct DBS check is being applied for, please use the eligibility tool. It is a criminal offence to ask for a check for any other roles.
To register complete the online form and a customer service representative will contact you.
Getting a DBS check
- the employer is provided with unique login details to the online eBulk system by DBS Direct.
- the employer gives the applicant the login details to complete an online DBS application.
- the applicant must then complete the online application and arrange to meet with the employer to take along the necessary documents proving their identity.
- the employer logs into the online system and inputs details of the documents that have been seen as ID.
- DBS sends a certificate to the applicant. The employer will have to ask the applicant to see the certificate.
If applicants need to run a check on themselves, they can get a ‘basic disclosure’ with details of any unspent convictions. Please contact the DBS Direct Team on 01926 738444 for further information.