Corporate report

Annual report of the Independent Monitor for the Disclosure and Barring Service, 2012 to 2013

The report describes the work undertaken in this reporting period, the people he has worked with and his recommendations to improve the disclosure process.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The Independent Monitor must review a sample of cases in which police information is provided on enhanced criminal record certificates. The purpose of the review is to ensure compliance with Home Office statutory guidance on disclosure and Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).

Secondly, the Independent Monitor has a role in reviewing disputed locally held police information which has been provided on a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced criminal record certificate by police. Disclosure certificates are primarily required for those who wish to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Taking into account a statutory test, the Independent Monitor reviews those disputes and decides if the information should remain on the certificate, be amended or deleted completely. The Independent Monitor makes the final decision on whether police information should appear on the certificate. Details of his role are set out in the the full report.

There are 4 recommendations in the report on:

  • mental health
  • home-based occupations
  • workforce versus position applied for
  • registered bodies
Published 14 November 2014