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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).

A DBS check may be needed for:

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

To find out more information and to apply, visit GOV.UK – Disclosure and Barring Service

Last reviewed: August 9, 2023 by Jenny

Next review due: February 9, 2024

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