DBS barring referral guidance

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) guidance about referrals, barred lists and barring decision making.

DBS caseworkers make decisions about who should be placed in the child barred list and/or adults barred list and are prevented by law from working with children or vulnerable groups.

Referrals should be made to DBS when an employer or organisation believes a person has caused harm or poses a future risk of harm to vulnerable groups, including children.

An employer or volunteer manager is breaking the law if they knowingly employ someone in a regulated activity with a group from which they are barred from working.

A barred person is breaking the law if they seek, offer or engage in regulated activity with a group from which they are barred from working.

If you don’t need detailed guidance you can read the quick guide about DBS barred lists.

Barring and referral guidance

Guidance about regulated activity with children has been published by the Department for Education (DfE).

Information about regulated activity with adults is available from the Department of Health (DH).

  1. Making barring referrals to the DBS

    • Detailed guide
  2. DBS barring: local authority referral duty and power

    • Guidance
  3. DBS barring referrals: making representations

    • Guidance
  4. DBS barring witness policy

    • Guidance
  5. DBS barring referrals flowchart

    • Guidance
  6. DBS referrals: decision assistance tool for professional bodies

    • Guidance
  7. DBS referrals: list of professional and competent bodies

    • Guidance
  8. DBS referral guide: data protection and security

    • Guidance
  9. DBS referrals: frequently asked questions guide

    • Guidance

Barring decision making

The barring decision making process, information about appeals and reviews and templates that are used by DBS caseworkers.

  1. DBS referral and barring decision making process

    • Guidance
  2. DBS barring: appeals

    • Guidance
  3. DBS barring decision process: autobar with representations template

    • Guidance
  4. DBS barring decision process: financial abuse template

    • Guidance
  5. DBS barring decision process: Structured judgement process (SJP) template

    • Guidance

Referral form and guidance

Use this form to refer a person to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

You can read more about the barring referral process in our guidance section.

  1. DBS barring referral form

    • Form
  2. DBS referrals: prescribed information

    • Guidance
  3. DBS referrals: instructions for personnel suppliers

    • Guidance

Promotional booklets

  1. DBS barring: making a referral booklet

    • Promotional material