The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

On 1 December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For disclosure information and services after 1 December 2012, please visit the DBS homepage:

This new organisation will provide a joined up, seamless service combining the criminal records checking and barring functions. Further legislative changes will come into force during 2013 and 2014. These details will be published on the DBS website.

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Criminal Records Bureau

If you have been asked to apply for a criminal record check, please visit

Independent Safeguarding Authority

If you wish to make a referral to the DBS, please visit

Before the DBS

Read information on the services the DBS offers and how it was formed.

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