The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a UK government agency responsible for helping employers and organisations make safer recruitment decisions by providing them with access to criminal records and other relevant information about job applicants.
The DBS checks on employers’ behalf to identify whether job applicants have any previous convictions, cautions, reprimands, or warnings. The service also provides information about individuals listed on the barred lists, which means they are prohibited from working with vulnerable groups, such as children or adults at risk.
The DBS was formed in 2012 following the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The DBS operates under the Home Office and works with a range of organisations, including schools, healthcare providers, charities, and businesses, to help ensure that vulnerable people are protected from harm.
All DCM Surfaces staff are DBS checked, and many with Enhanced DBS.