Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB)
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority merged on 1st December 2012 to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Disclosure & Barring Service New Update
The new Update Service will be available from 17 June 2013. Individuals will be able to subscribe to this for £13 per year. This will allow them to keep their criminal record certificate up to date, so that they can take it with them from role to role, wthin the same workforce. Employers will be able to carry out free, instant online checks of an individual's certificate with their consent, to check that it is up to date. New criminal record checks will usually only be needed if the system states that something has changed.
The specific role of governor is no longer included within the scope of Regulated Activity and therefore a governor in a maintained school (academies are subject to different requirements) is no longer required to have a check undertaken on them. However a check may still be undertaken but it would not include a check against the Children’s Barred List. If a governor does have regular, unsupervised contact with children in schools (‘regular’ has a specific definition and should be interpreted accordingly) then they would meet the new definition of Regulated Activity but should be regarded as an unsupervised volunteer. Therefore they must have a check undertaken on them to include a check against the Children’s Barred List. Detailed guidance documents are available to schools in the DBS area of the website.
If you have any queries about the latest situation regarding DBS checks, please contact the Personnel Help desk on 0800 073 4444 ext 853200.