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05/06/14 - The Disclosure & Barring Service is gradually getting back to normal after recent problems and changes to their system, however there are still delays on some applications, mainly due to inaccurate information being submitted, so it is imperative that the details supplied by the applicants is correct.  It is also important that the forms are signed and dated.


20/06/13 - The Update Service is now open.

30/05/13 - As of yesterday, the DBS will start filtering old and minor offences so that they no longer appear on Disclosure certificates. For an explanation of what offences will be filtered, please see here. Note that when answering question e55, which asks if they have ever been convicted or received a caution, reprimand or warning, applicants should now answer the question as though it asked about unspent convictions etc. only.


28/05 - The forms used to apply for Basic Disclosures will be changing. While we currently have very little information ont he nature of these changes, we do know that new paper forms will be coming very shortly, although you can continue to use the old ones until mid-July. Online forms will be changing in August.

21/05 - The new Update Service will mean some changes in the way in which the "Position applied for" question is answered. Currently, there are two lines given on the form to write a description of the job or volunteering role the applicant will be doing. In future, you should indicate whether the applicant is working with children, vulnerable adults, both or neither on the first line, and give the job description on the second line. For example, instead of writing "Primary School Teacher", you should write "Child Workforce" on the first line and "Primary School Teacher on the second line. This change won't be enforced until the Update Service begins, but the DBS reccomends that you begin completing forms in this way as soon as possible. For more information, see our Update Service page.

16/04 - The latest edition of Disclosure News contains some important information. Firstly, the Update Service should be launching this summer, and should cost around £10 per year for each person subscribed. It will allow employers to check online whether their employees' DBS checks are still valid, and should cut down on the need for rechecks. Around the same time, the DBS will start only sending out a single copy of the Disclosure certificate. This copy will be sent directly to the applicant, who will then be responsible for showing it to their employer.


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