Outsourcing DBS Checks: Your Questions Answered

outsourcing DBS checks


If you work for an organisation that requests Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for its employees, you may be considering outsourcing them.

At CRB Check Online we get asked lots of questions by organisations thinking about outsourcing DBS checks. We thought we’d put together a blog answering some of the most common questions to help organisations just like yours.

Can’t I just request DBS checks myself?

In order to request DBS checks, an organisation either has to register with the DBS itself or engage an umbrella body to undertake DBS checks on its behalf.

If your organisation requests fewer than 100 DBS checks per year, it’s not eligible to register with the DBS and must register with an umbrella body.

To be eligible to register with the DBS, an organisation must submit at least 100 eligible DBS applications per year, be entitled to ask exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and comply with the DBS code of practice.

However, many organisations that meet these criteria still choose to register with an umbrella body like CRB Check Online.

The legislation surrounding DBS checks can be complicated, and registering with an umbrella body means you won’t have to worry about keeping abreast of it.

Our specialist advisors are always on hand to answer questions and provide expert advice about DBS check eligibility and other issues surrounding the process.

Won’t outsourcing DBS checks be more expensive?

Completing a DBS application can be time consuming, and if your organisation requests a lot of them it may take up a significant portion of staff time.

Outsourcing your DBS checks will vastly reduce the number of staff hours spent on the process. Requesting a DBS check via our online system takes just five minutes!

At CRB Check Online we don’t charge a registration fee, and you won’t be locked in to a minimum number of checks. You only pay for the checks you request, and our pricing structure is simple and affordable.

As the old saying goes, time is money, and ultimately outsourcing your DBS checks is likely to be more cost-effective in the long run.

How long does the process take?

Our online DBS checking system is the most up-to-date in the UK, making the process quick and hassle-free.

More than 10,000 organisations benefit from using our portal. As a result we have a great relationship with the DBS and are able to process applications in record time.

Most of the DBS applications we submit are complete within 48 hours, and often they take less than 24 hours.

Where do I sign up?

If you’d like to take the headache out of the DBS checking process, get started with our simple online system now.