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DBS Disclosure

Disclosure and Barring Service

Formerly CRB - The Criminal Records Bureau


With effect from 1 December 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB forms are now re-branded to DBS forms to reflect the name change along with minor changes to the content.

A Disclosure Certificate is issued after a search of the Police National Computer (PNC) and other relevant Authorities. The process can take up to two months to complete. A recent Disclosure Certificate is mandatory for carers who work for Agencies, but not mandatory for carers making an arrangement directly with a private client. The legislation is quite specific about this. Much of the extensive legislation and regulation that covers Adult Social Care specifically excludes private arrangements between individuals.

SimpleNeeds will continue to use "CRB" until "DBS" becomes more widely used and recognised.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about
Disclosure and Barring Service