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CRB checks become DBS checks

On 1st December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) under a new name of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and is a Non-Departmental Public Body Sponsored by the Home Office.

The DBS will be responsible for the Vetting and Barring Scheme in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and for Disclosures (criminal records checks) in England and Wales. AccessNI will continue to check criminal records in Northern Ireland and Scotland will be unaffected by the merger.

As a result of the changes, CRB checks will now be known as DBS checks and the documentation will be rebranded accordingly.