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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service was established by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which made various changes to the Vetting and Barring Scheme. With effect from 1st December 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority merged to become one body – the Disclosure and Barring Service. This body carries out the previous functions of both organisations, such as conducting criminal record checks to enable an assessment to be made on the suitability of a person to care for or work with children/Vulnerable Adults (previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau) and maintaining the Barred Lists of individuals barred from working with children and/or Vulnerable Adults (previously held by the Independent  Safeguarding Authority). These Barred Lists replaced the former  List 99 and PoCA List (Protection of Children Act 1999).

Under the Vetting and Barring Scheme, any person barred from working with children or Vulnerable Adults is breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups. An organisation which knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups will also be breaking the law. If an organisation works with children or Vulnerable Adults and dismisses a member of staff or volunteer because they have harmed a child or Vulnerable Adult, or would have done so if they had not left, the employer must inform the Disclosure and Barring Service.

External links

For additional information see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.