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Disclosure and Barring Service to introduce new digital services

Matteo Natalucci Published 29 August 2017

Users will be able to submit barring referrals online and apply online for a basic criminal record check


The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) plans to introduce new digital services in the coming months to enable organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work.

DBS is a non-departmental public body of the Home Office formed in 2012 by merging the functions of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.  
DBS helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. 

In early September, DBS' new barring referral system will be available where employers and organisations will be able to submit barring referrals online and manage one or several barring referrals online.

Also, people who have been referred will be able to set up an account to communicate confidentially with DBS about their case.

From January 2018, both England and Wales residents will have the possibility to apply online for basic criminal record check through the DBS portal.

Also in 2018 DBS plans to introduce online standard and enhanced checks for employers and organisations. These checks are needed for a number of roles, especially when working with children and vulnerable adults.

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