Criminal record disclosure
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This information applies to England and Wales. The process is different in Scotland and Northern Ireland. If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland and are applying for a job in the rest of the UK, follow this advice.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) maintains lists of people that are barred from work involving children or vulnerable adults, also called ‘regulated activity’.
A ‘disclosure and barring service’ (DBS) check is a list of your official history with the law (your criminal record). The DBS check used to be called the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.