5. DBS barred lists

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.

Jobs that involve caring for, supervising or being in sole charge of children or adults require an enhanced DBS check (previously called an enhanced CRB check).

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

  • children
  • 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.

Referring someone to DBS

Employers must refer someone to DBS if they:

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

An employer is breaking the law if they don’t refer someone to DBS for any of these reasons.

Contact the DBS barring helpline for help referring someone to DBS.

DBS barring helpline
Telephone: 01325 953795
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