Disclosure and Barring Service

Disclosure and Barring Service, is a Non-departmental public body responsible for carrying out the functions previously undertaken by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

They help to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

They are responsible for:

    • Processing requests for, and issuing, DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
    • Making considered decisions regarding whether an individual should be barred from engaging in regulated activity with children, adults or both, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
    • Maintaining the children’s and adults’ barred lists
      Disclosure Checks (DBS checks)

The disclosure team carries out criminal record checks that result in DBS certificates being issued to an individual.

There are currently three levels of criminal record check, and it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that the correct level of check is applied for and carried out.

The check required needs to comply with current legislation regarding persons working with children and vulnerable people.

Legislation in the form of Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (SVGA) 2006 [https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2002/816/contents/made] was passed to help avoid harm, or risk of harm, by preventing people who are deemed unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults from gaining access to them through their work.

The Independent Safeguarding Authority was established as a result of this Act.

The information contained on each type of check is different, as is the process for applying.

There are tools to enable you to check eligibility.

The following link will take you to what is termed an ‘umbrella body’, who are able to make the application on your behalf.


This process is necessary for all Conquering Life Academy Coaches and Mentors operating under self-employment, and as part of their contractual licensing agreement criteria.

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