What is the difference between a CRB Check and a DBS disclosure?

We’re often asked about the difference between a CRB Check and a DBS disclosure.

Well, to be truthfully honest, there isn’t a lot there!

Please read the guide below to understand the difference between a CRB Check and a DBS Disclosure.

What is the difference between a CRB Check and a DBS disclosure?

The DBS

The DBS is the short-form name of the “The Disclosure and Barring Service”.

This agency was created when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged together in 2013.

The information provided by the agency will remain the same, and it is just the Checks and the term “CRB Check” that have been re-branded to DBS Check.

The Checks will continue to help safeguard children and vulnerable adults by screening those who work or volunteer with them.

The Children’s Barred List

The Children’s Barred List (which you may have formerly recognised as List 99 and the POCA list) allows organisations and establishments who deal with children to Check their candidate against this specific database.

This database lists all people who are barred from working with and around children for safeguarding purposes.

The Adults Barred List

The Adults Barred List (which you may have formerly recognised as the POVA list) allows organisations and establishments who are dealing with vulnerable adults, and are eligible for the check, to apply for their candidate to be checked against this specific database.

Again this database holds the data and a list of all people that are barred from working with and around vulnerable adults for safeguarding purposes.

The Adult ISA

Another service that can be beneficial if the Adults Barred List does need to be checked is something called the ISA Adult First Check.

This is a check of the Adults Barred List only and can be particularly useful if the applicant’s results come back as stating “no match” as it allows an applicant to start work as long as they are being supervised at all times.

These checks take up to 72 hours to be processed and the result is returned via email.

To obtain this check you need to be eligible for a full Enhanced Disclosure including the Adult Barred List Check.

This check is most beneficial for organisations such as care homes and care agencies so that staffing levels can be maintained while the full Enhanced Disclosure is being processed.

Are you still able to use a CRB Check?

There is no official validation date for a CRB/DBS Check.

It is solely up to the discretion of the employer if they are willing to accept a Check which hasn’t been processed through the company they are now working for.

Good practice is normally to renew checks every one to three years and we do know that some companies do have this as a mandatory procedure when working for them.

The difference between a CRB check and a DBS disclosure – conclusion

We hope you found our blog on the difference between a CRB Check and a DBS disclosure  useful.

If you would like to speak to one of our team here at CRB Check Online for further clarification or more information please feel free to contact us on 0800 197 8858.