Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launched on 1 December 2012 and was formed from the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
The role of the DBS is to help employers in England and Wales make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.
The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and carries out the functions previously undertaken by the CRB and ISA.
As a result of this merge a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check is referred to as a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
The HR DBS Team at Walsall Council operates an Umbrella Body Service which deals with substantial amounts of disclosures each year. This is an online application service that helps prevent delays, eliminates disclosure application data errors and reduces administration for all organisations that are eligible to undertake security checks of those working for them, ensuring that their customers are safeguarded.
We have an experienced team that can provide you with support and guidance at every stage of the process.
As a Local Authority Walsall Council is a non profit making organisation and therefore offers a competitively priced service which is excellent value for money and simple to use. For information on the cost of our Disclosure Application Service please contact the HR DBS Team - see our contact details below.
If you would like to use this service, please complete and return the registration form below. Upon receipt you will be provided with a link to the online learning package for online DBS processing which has been devised to assist you in using the system. Once you have completed this process we will provide you with access to the online system to begin submitting, tracking and viewing disclosures.
- To view the Home Office DBS Code of Practice click here
- On-line Disclosures - Applicant Guidance Notes (PDF 580KB)
- On-line disclosure – Registration Form (Word 212KB)
- To view the DBS sample policy on recruitment of ex-offenders, click here
- Statement on Secure Storage - Handling, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosure Information (PDF 40KB)
- For information on eligibility for a DBS check click here
HR DBS Team
HR Direct Services
Telephone 01922 655666
This page was last updated on 15 February 2017