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Disclosure and Barring Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in 2012. The DBS is responsible for:

  • processing requests for criminal records checks
  • deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list
  • placing or removing people from the DBS children’s barred list and adults’ barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

See the Disclosure and Barring Service website for more information.

Criminal Record checks (DBS checks) 

The University processes DBS checks for staff and students via the following departments:

If you require a DBS check for a student or staff member, please contact the appropriate department listed above for further advice.


Employers must make a referral to the DBS when they have concerns that a person has caused harm, or poses a future risk of harm to vulnerable groups, including children.

Any potential matters for referral to the DBS should be reported immediately to the University’s Designated Person for Safeguarding, Dr Hannah Friend, Director of Wellbeing and Safeguarding, via