Disclosure and Barring Service Certificates
In the past Intermediate Bodies have made a condition of employment an enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. Since this changed to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), new appointments have simply asked for a DBS check instead.
These, however, are not the same. An employer must not apply for a check unless the job or role involves regulated activity. DBS eligibility guidance lists most roles that are eligible for a check. However, the guidance isn’t comprehensive and you should contact DBS if you’re unsure.
An employer must not apply for a check unless the job or role is eligible for one. They must tell the applicant why they’re being checked, and where they can get independent advice. There are three types of criminal records check. It’s a criminal offence to ask for a barred list check for roles other than these specific roles.
Please see the Government overview of Disclosure and Barring Service checks.
An Intermediate Body may well find that the basic disclosure service provided by Disclosure Scotland (which covers England too) best serves its needs.
Please remember to check the information on this page, which does not constitute legal advice, with an HR specialist.