Practical guidance – Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously the CRB)

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Aim of this guidance

This guidance is aimed at providing an overview of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and how it relates to you as an employer.

This forms part of our guidance on carrying out criminal record checks.

Why this is important

  • The DBS processes applicants for basic, standard, enhanced and enhanced with barred list checks
  • The DBS is responsible for the barred lists

Levels of checks

We have detailed guidance on doing the correct level of criminal record check


Code of Practice


All organisations carrying out DBS checks must comply with the DBS Code of Practice.


DBS contact details

You can contact DBS customer services:

More information

  1. There is more information about carrying out criminal record checks, which forms part of the practical guidance section of Recruit!
  2. For further advice about this guidance, please contact us.

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This guidance was last updated in March 2018

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