On 1st December 2012, the CRB merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The DBS will be an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Home Office.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Legislative changes with Disclosure and Barring Service- 2012


Key changes

  • New definition of regulated activity.
  • Repeal of controlled activity
  • Repeal of registration and continuous monitoring
  • Repeal of additional information
  • Minimum age (16) at which someone can apply for a CRB check.
  • More rigorous ‘relevancy’ test for when the police release information held locally on an enhanced CRB check.

Not Changing

  • You must make appropriate referrals to the ISA
  • You must not engage in regulated activity someone whom you know has been barred by the ISA
  • Everybody within the pre-September definition of regulated activity will remain eligible for enhanced CRB checks, whether or not they fall within the post-September definition of regulated activity.

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