The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
DBS checks cannot be obtained by members of the public directly but are only available to organisations and only for those professions, offices, employments, work and occupations listed in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
- BANT cannot complete DBS check on behalf of members.
- DBS requirements are determined by an employer, not the individual.
- DBS clearance with an organisation does not give cover in private practice.
- DBS checks are not required for working in private practice.
- A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is up to an employer to decide if they think a new check is needed.
- For guidance when working in schools, there will be clear policies and it may be helpful to contact your local education authority for local information and advice.