What is DBS?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly CRB) is an Executive Agency of the Home Office, launched in 2002. They were set up so that a wider range of employers could access information about their employees’ criminal record history and so make safer recruitment decisions.  They enable employers to check if an applicant has any criminal convictions, if they are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults and if the police hold any other relevant information about that person. 

The DBS are based in Liverpool and process around 4.3 million DBS checks, for paid workers and volunteers each year.


Link to DBS webpage