Last reviewed 17 March 2022

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has worked with a number of organisations to create a video showing an animated guide to DBS checks, along with an accompanying leaflet.

These examine and explain the different types of DBS checks and how the application process works, what type of information may be included on DBS certificate, which countries DBS covers and the DBS Barred Lists.

A DBS check is a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions; the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists record the details of individuals who are barred from engaging in regulated activity.

Having received feedback suggesting that various parts of its checking process can be confusing, the DBS has consulted The Prince’s Trust and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to identify which sections of the process need better clarification in order to maximise understanding of the work of the Service.

Cathy Taylor, Regional Outreach Manager at DBS, said: “By working with The Prince’s Trust and the DWP and finding out what they need from us, we were able to produce a resource which will not only benefit the individuals they work with, but the general public too.”

The seven-minute video can be found here and the guide here.

Martin Snooks of the National Employer and Partnership team at the DWP said: “DWP and DBS have been working collaboratively on this project for the past year. It arose out of an identified need to let our customers have a product that they could refer to that was in plain English and a simple format.”

Comment by Kate Palmer, HR Advice and Consultancy Director at Peninsula

Many employers, when making a job offer, will make this conditional upon certain requirements. For employers within the health and social care or education settings, this will most likely involve a condition on applicants completing a satisfactory DBS check.

Conditional offers can be withdrawn with no repercussions if the individual fails to provide this.