CRB or DBS? The Change Explained

It has become a common trend for employers to consider the criminal records provided in disclosure certificates to ensure that they are making safer decisions when recruiting. These certificates are currently being provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The formation of DBS can be explained as follows:

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

This is a body that was launched in 2002 to help employers access past criminal records of their employees or candidates they are planning to recruit. In disclosing such information, CRB was working closely with the police and other relevant government agencies. This involved carrying out checks in various addresses that the involved person lived in to identify any convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings under their names.

Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)

ISA was a body that employers and organizations relied on to determine whether their candidates were suitable to work with kids and vulnerable adults. This was done to ensure that the employed persons will not cause any harm or pose any risks to the people they will be working with.

ISA operated some barred lists that contained details of individuals that were considered unfit to work with the vulnerable groups. People were added to these lists after evaluations of their convictions, cautions and referrals by former employers or other relevant organizations.

The merger of CRB and ISA

In 2012, the functions of CRB and ISA were merged to form the current Disclosure and Barring Service. This means that people are now applying for DBS Checks and Barred List Checks with the same body. There are different kinds of checks being offered by the body and applicants are allowed to choose based on the positions being considered.

Apart from employers, DBS certificates are being applied for by people going for adoption, those applying for Visas and those seeking gambling licenses among others. Most of them are able to access results within 2-8 weeks