Changes to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Checks

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On the 1st December the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

This new organisation provides a joined up service to combine the criminal records and barring functions, with further legislative changes to follow thin 2013/2014.

The merge is a bid to provide a more streamlined, effective and efficient process for all parties that require criminal records and barring information. The transition timeline is now in effect, and changes have already been implemented in terms of language, terminology, and paperwork.

The changes need to be reflected in: recruitment materials, application information, marketing materials, websites and internal policies. The changes in terminology are as follows:

CRB check > DBS check
Vulnerable Adults > Vulnerable groups

It is important that we begin to use the new terminology as the DBS evolves. Further information is available at:

Leah Seltzer, Head of Compliance for New Directions comments:

“Whilst there are some important changes to be made in-house to reflect the merge of the CRB and ISA, the re-branding and progression of criminal and barring services is essential to improve the vetting of our staff.

Safeguarding is something which cannot be taken lightly, therefore we welcome the changes and look forward to a more streamlined and efficient service.

As an umbrella company, we are able to process DBS applications for other companies who require their staff to be vetted. If you currently use this service, please inform us and we will provide you with the new DBS application forms for use. Please note that all CRB application forms need to be used by February 2013.”