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Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

The introduction in 2013 of DBS information Filtering Rules had a significant impact on what information about an individual's criminal history an organisation is legally entitled to require.

In brief, it is no longer permitted simply to ask for information about 'any criminal convictions, formal warnings or cautions' whether through the DBS application form or the organisation's Self Declaration form.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has worked with several sports bodies and legal experts to amend the template Self Declaration Form in order to reflect these significant changes.

Please click here or visit the useful templates page (left hand side) for the revised CPSU Self Declaration template which can be adapted for your organisation.



On 1 December 2012, CRB merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and will provide a joined up service to combine the criminal records and barring functions.

What do the changes involve?

Rebranding - all documents and correspondence will refer to DBS instead of CRB
Application forms and certificates - there will be new application forms phased into circulation from 12 November 2012.  The current CRB forms can only be used for applications up until 28 February 2013. Certificates issued after 1 December 2012 will have the DBS logo on them.

You can find out more about the Disclosure and Barring Service by clicking here to visit the Sport and Recreation Alliance website