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. Link: www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview
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.
For this reason your application will be processed either by your employer, if it is registered with the CRB, or a third party organisation, called an Umbrella Body, which is registered with the CRB. Link: www.crb.homeoffice.gov.uk/
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.
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