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The Disclosure and Barring Service is created

The Home Office announces the launch of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), a merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

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Saturday, 01 Dec 2012

1 December 2012 sees the launch of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), a merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

The merger brings together the skills, knowledge and experience of both organisations in helping employers to make safer recruitment decisions and in preventing unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.

Customers and stakeholders will still use the same contact details as they have always done - whether it’s applying for criminal record checks or referring people for safeguarding decisions. Importantly the staff who process the applications and make the safeguarding and barring decisions also remain the same; so there will be no disruption to the high quality service previously delivered by the CRB and ISA.

Importantly  there are some very exciting changes ahead. In Spring 2013, the DBS will be launching the Update Service - more details will be released in the New Year.  Also in 2013, the DBS will start issuing the disclosure certificate only to the applicant. This will give the applicant a much fairer process in challenging or clarifying any information on the disclosure, before it is shared with the employer.

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