5. DBS barred lists

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Jobs that involve carrying out certain activities for children and adults may require an enhanced DBS check with a check of the barred lists.

This will check whether someone’s included in the 2 DBS ‘barred lists’ (previously called ISA barred lists) of individuals who are unsuitable for working with:

  • children
  • adults

People on the barred lists can’t do certain types of work.

There are specific rules for working with children - known as working in a regulated activity with children.

These are different from the rules for regulated activities for adults.

It’s against the law for employers to employ someone or allow them to volunteer for this kind of work if they know they’re on one of the barred lists.

Refer someone to DBS

Contact the barring helpline for help referring someone to DBS.

DBS barring helpline
Telephone: 01325 953795
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Employers must refer someone to DBS if they:

  • sacked them because they harmed someone
  • sacked them or removed them from working in regulated activity because they might have harmed someone
  • were planning to sack them for either of these reasons, but they resigned first

You’re breaking the law if you don’t refer someone to DBS when you should.