CRB replaced by DBS.


CRB checks are to be replaced completely on the 1st March 2013, following changes to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to form the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). As a result the DBS replaces the CRB, meaning that there will only be one organisation dealing with checks and barring decisions.

Like the CRB check, the DBS check will give details of a person’s convictions, plus any cautions, reprimands or warnings held in England and Wales. The changes will continue to help safeguard vulnerable groups and children from people who work or volunteer with them, and pose a risk of harm.

You can continue to use the CRB application forms until 28th February 2013, and from the 1st March 2013 only the DBS application forms will be processed.

In the spring of this year the DBS will launch their new online product called the Update Service that will dramatically change the way in which criminal checks are executed. The new Update Service aims to improve arrangements for the disclosure of criminal records. Making it easier and quicker to recruit or recheck your employees and volunteers. Employers will be able to carry out an instant online check of an existing disclosure certificate, which will confirm if the certificate given to them by the individual is up to date. If so, the recruitment process can continue. The update service will be free for volunteers and £10 to everyone else. This is not a compulsory requirement.

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 amends the definition of regulated activity relating to children, and from 10 September was relaxed,in an effort to encourage more volunteers.

The new definition of regulated activity relating to children still applies to individuals undertaking the following:

  1. Registered childminders.
  2. Registered foster carers.
  3. The day-to-day management or supervision of any person engaging in regulated activity is also in regulated activity.
  4. This also applies to someone who would be in regulated activity but for the consideration of supervision.
  5. Any specified position based in Wales as detailed in the amended Schedule 4 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

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6 thoughts on “CRB replaced by DBS.

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  • February 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Could this new DBS check have a credit card system for each individual, with date and CRB number with validation contact telephone number on for any employer to make an instant enquiry, especially as in some organisations you end up with 2 or 3 CRB checks for the same organisation just because they have different age groups of children (e.g uniformed organisation). If the credit card system was in hand it could make it easier for an employer to check, especially as you have to wait on documents to arrive.

  • January 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Don’t worry, we will keep you up-to-date with information.

  • January 28, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Sounds like a much simpler and streamline process which should avoid lengthy delays. How and when will we get further instuctions as to how we can access to website to check the status of CRB’s etc.

  • January 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

    How will convictions be added to the check? i read somewhere that convictions did not HAVE to be logged, which defeats the purpose…Surely any criminal convictions must automatically show? How would settings be updated if a previously screened adult then became convicted of something?

  • January 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    It is a good idea to have only one organisation checking for criminal records. I have read various items about this, but I am still unclear as to whether we have to issue a new DBS check for each of our current employees or whether we can update these in the spring. Does anyone know?


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