DBS barring referrals: making representations

How to make representations to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) when you are being considered for barring.



When an employer or organisation has concerns that a person has caused harm, or poses a future risk of harm to vulnerable groups, including children, they will refer them to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The person could be added to one or both of the DBS barred lists

As part of the barring decision making process, the referred person can make representations to to give their views and evidence.

Representations are an important part of making fair, consistent and thorough barring decisions.

Published 16 February 2015
Last updated 11 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Representations guide updated to html format.
  2. Added the oral representations guide.
  3. First published.