Disclosure & Barring Service

Action Point Community Support Services is registered as an ‘Umbrella Body’ with the DBS this allows us to countersign applications on behalf of unregistered organisations. We offer a comprehensive, confidential disclosure counter-signatory service to agencies whose staff and volunteers have regular contact with children and/or vulnerable adults.


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Contact our admin team for further information about disclosures and how Action Point Community Support Services can help your organisation access them safely.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Types of check:
There are three types of check you can carry out as an organisation:
If you carry out criminal records checks, you must have a policy on employing ex-offenders and show it to any applicant who asks for it.
If you’re self-employed:
You can’t apply for a standard, enhanced or enhanced with barred lists check for yourself. Instead, you can:
You can use Disclosure Scotland’s service to request a copy of your criminal record in England, Scotland and Wales. This is called ‘basic disclosure’.
The check will only show convictions that aren’t ‘spent’, for example some types of caution will disappear after 3 months.
You must be over 16 to make the request.
It costs £25 and you can pay by:
It’ll usually take up to 14 days for you to receive your certificate.

DBS eligibility guidance

A collection of documents that you can use to decide whether a role is eligible for a standard or enhanced DBS check.

You can use the DBS eligibility tool to find out which roles or activities could be eligible for a standard or enhanced DBS check. It’s in beta phase, which means you’re looking at the first version. It will be continually tested and improved. The eligibility tool is not intended to act as legal advice and doesn’t cover every role.

Eligibility guide

Before you consider asking a person to apply for a DBS check, you are legally responsible for making sure the job role is eligible.DBS guide to eligibility

Regulated activity and workforces

Guidance about  regulated activity with children has been published by the Department for Education (DfE).
Information about  regulated activity with adults is available from the Department of Health (DH).

The guides below will help you identify the type of workforce that an applicant will be working in.

They set out the types of roles in each of the workforces.

It is not a comprehensive list of all conditions which have to apply for the role to be eligible. The applicant will still need to meet eligibility criteria before the registered body considers the workforce.
DBS workforce guides

Supervision of children

Statutory guidance on supervising activity with children, which is regulated activity when unsupervised.

Supervision of activity with children