Disclosure Barring Service



The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

DBS check may be needed for:

  • certain jobs or voluntary work – eg working with children or in healthcare
  • applying to foster or adopt a child

There are different rules for getting a criminal record check inScotland and Northern Ireland.

Who can ask for a DBS check

An employer can ask for a DBS check for certain roles.

DBS eligibility guidance lists most roles that are eligible for a check. However, the guidance isn’t comprehensive so contact DBS if unsure.

Applicants (job candidates) can’t do a criminal records check on themselves, but they can request a ‘basic disclosure’.

How to get a DBS check

  1. Flexserve provides you with an application form from DBS or an umbrella body (a registered body that gives access to DBS checks).
  2. You will need to complete and return to us along with documents proving their identity.
  3. We send the completed application form to DBS or their umbrella body.
  4. DBS sends a certificate to the you (applicant).You will have to bring the certificate in to us to see.

If you have subscribed to the DBS update service, we can check your certificate online which will speed up the process for you to start work.

The cost of the DBS is £57. We advice all our candidates to register with the DBS for an update service as soon as they submit their DBS Application. This minimises costs in the future if there is the need to recheck you DBS record.



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