Safer Recruitment

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

You may need to check someone’s criminal record if they apply:

  • for certain jobs or voluntary work, for example working with children or in healthcare
  • to foster or adopt a child.

Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. Job applicants can’t do a criminal records check on themselves. Instead, they can request a basic disclosure from Disclosure Scotland (you don’t have to be from Scotland to do this).

Use the DBS tool to find out if you can check someone’s criminal record. You can contact DBS if you’re not sure.

DBS customer services
Telephone: 0300 0200 190
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (9am to 5pm for appeals and disputes)
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

REMEMBER: A DBS only checks for existing criminal records, it does not mean a person is safe to work with children. Always check references and always remain 'professionally curious'.

> Safeguarding Statement to be used on adverts in Bromley.

> Presentation on DBS and the part it plays in safer recruitment from LSCP training 2023. This covers:

• The different levels of DBS checks • Regulated activity for children • DBS Update Service • Filtering Rules • Barring and Duty to Refer • What makes a good referral

Here are additional links/information that may also be helpful:

· Rehabilitation Periods

· Criminal record checks for oversea applicants

· Transgender applications

· Security features of DBS certificate

· Unlock – charity that supports people with criminal records

· Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance (page 173) for guidance on supervision of activity with children which is regulated activity when unsupervised

See the Training Programme page for details of Safer Recruitment training available in Bromley.