The Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) aims to provide employers with a quick and effective vetting and barring service. All disclosures about potential employees for working with children and vulnerable persons must be at an enhanced level.
Legislation sets out the foundation for the DBS. This Service has an Independent Barring Board (IBB) with responsibility for taking barring decisions on new referrals and the management of two barred lists which replaced List 99, Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA)Lists.
The DBS combines a criminal records checking and barring function:
The DBS website provides a range of advice, guidance and relevant forms.
All organisations engaging people in 'Regulated Activities' must have robust and transparent recruitment procedures in place to ensure children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and they should be familiar with the Local Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures.
Other relevant information can be found in the Working Together to Safeguard Children publication.
Before recruiting staff and volunteers (whether paid or unpaid), the following must be considered:
You can read more about safer recruitment on the South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP) website.
Regulated activity providers (employers, volunteer managers and personnel suppliers) have a legal duty to refer any person who has:
The following groups have a power to make a referral to the DBS:
Further information and guidance, including factsheets and instructions can be found on the GOV.UK website.