The Lady Margaret road Legal Centre and Brent Cross Gardens Legal centre have now employed a specialist advisor who deals with complex Disclosure and Barring issues. Narinder Madan is the Head of Disclosure and Barring legal issues at both centres and undertakes complex case work in this area. In this article we explain what the DBS system is and how it works.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a non-departmental public body of the Home Office of the United Kingdom. The DBS enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involving children or vulnerable adults, and provides wider access to criminal record information through its disclosure service for England and Wales.
The DBS was formed in 2012 by merging the functions of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. DBS started operating on 1 December 2012. It operates from Liverpool and Darlington. Its equivalent agencies are Disclosure Scotland in Scotlandand Access Northern Ireland in Northern Ireland.
It is a legal requirement in the UK for regulated activity employers to refer safeguarding concerns to the DBS. It is a criminal offence for anyone barred by the DBS to work or apply to work in the sector (children or adults) from which they are barred. It is also illegal for an employer to knowingly employ a barred person in the sector from which they are barred.
On 17 June 2013, a DBS update service was launched, intended to improve the ease of applying for criminal record checks and create significant savings.
Please contact us on 0208 575 0061 if you have any type of DBS issue.