The Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 set out the foundation for the DBS. This Service has an Independent Barring Board (IBB) with responsibility for taking barring decisions on new referrals and the management of two barred lists which replaced List 99, Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA)Lists.
The DBS combines a criminal records checking and barring function:
- The barring part of the DBS will provide caseworkers, who receive and process referrals about individuals who have harmed or who pose a risk of harm to children, young people or vulnerable adults.
- The checking part of the DBS will allow employers to check and access the criminal record history of people working, or applying to work (whether paid or unpaid) in certain positions, especially those that involve working with children and vulnerable adults.
The DBS website provides a range of advice, guidance and relevant forms.