The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is what has replaced the old CRB test. It is described as

"The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

DBS is an executive non-departmental public body of the Home Office and more information can be found on their website

NAVCA have some information on their website here

If you are unsure about anything please contact us

Do we need DBS checks?

The DBS have produced eligibility guidance here that tell you if you need to apply for a test.

On top of this there is the new continual updating service and this means that organisations will no longer be sent a certificate so they will need to ensure that they ask staff and volunteers to show them certificates and also to update their information. (see the links above for more information on this).

Where can I get DBS checks?

There are a whole list of bodies registered to carry out DBS checks, these are referred to as umbrella bodies on the DBS website. This list can be found here.

Locally Cambridge SCA offer checks. Contact them directly for more information.

Whilst checks are free for volunteers, many bodies do charge an administration fee.

Page last update Feb 2018