Guide to Criminal Record (DBS) checks.

Following changes to the criminal records checking system in England and Wales the government have produced a  new easy to follow online guide.  Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks were replaced by Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in December 2012.  Changes to criminal record checks also took place, with new guidance on which roles are eligible for a DBS check and which roles require an enhanced check.

The new guide is in six parts. Below is a quote taken from part 5 that explains the requirements on checking people at an enhanced level:

Jobs that involve caring for, supervising or being in sole charge of children or adults require an enhanced DBS check (previously called an enhanced CRB check).

This includes checking whether someone is included in the 2 DBS ‘barred lists’ (previously called ISA barred lists) of individuals who are unsuitable for working with:

  • children
  • adults

It’s against the law for employers to employ someone or allow them to volunteer in this kind of work if they’re on one of the barred lists.

The guides are available at

Further information on DSB checks and how to get one is available here