The DBS checking process enables an employer to access information from the police and appropriate barred lists. As part of the recruitment process, a DBS disclosure can help determine the suitability of an applicant to work in a post that involves working with children or vulnerable groups.
To apply for a DBS check you must be:
If your employer has asked you to get a DBS check, they must be registered with us before you can proceed. See further information here.
Our guide for applicants [317kb] explains how to apply and takes you through the various stages of the application process, including providing proof of identity.
Once we have your completed application form and verified proof of identity, the application will be processed at National DBS. On average, this takes eight days. National DBS will then send a certificate to you.
All processing of DBS applications and certificates is in accordance with ISO 27001, the DBS code of practice, regulations and Data Protection Act. View the full statement of fair processing.
There are two types of check - standard and enhanced. Standard checks contain details of current and spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the police national computer. Standard checks no longer include a check on the old or new barred lists. Therefore, if you are working or volunteering in regulated activity, an enhanced check is required.
Enhanced checks are required for anyone working with children or vulnerable groups. In general, work of this type will involve regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of vulnerable groups.
DBS checks are required for anyone working in regulated activity [27kb]. Enhanced checks contain the same information as standard checks plus a check on the barred lists, if requested, and locally held police force information considered relevant to the job by chief police officers.