DBS Stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. DBS is the name of the organisation responsible for processing applications for either a standard DBS check, enhanced check or basic check.
The formation of DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) was a result of a merger between the CRB (i.e. Criminal Records Bureau) with the ISA (i.e. Independent Safeguarding Authority) (1)
This merger that happened in 2012 created both a CRB list and barred lists.
The union’s sole purpose is to safeguard as well as protect vulnerable adults and children in different workplaces, by ensuring that a person’s criminal convictions are not overlooked by employers of these organisations.
The DBS checks usually focus on preventing unsuitable individuals from getting near vulnerable members of society. Any responsible organisation dealing with these groups of people must ensure they conduct a criminal record information.
After DBS checks, DBS certificates are issued as physical copies of an individual’s suitability for the job. They contain all their personal details and relevant information about their past.
Any prospective employer can acquire this information, which is extracted from a police national computer.