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.


DBS Privacy Policy: Please find our DBS Privacy Policy document HERE.
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Contact our admin team for further information about disclosures and how we  can help your organisation access them.

What is a DBS?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.
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:
If you carry work with vulnerable people, we are able to conduct DBS checks on your behalf. If you don't work with vulnerable people you can only have a basic check.
You can do this online at: https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record

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 £18 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 toolto find out which roles or activities could be eligible for a standard or enhanced DBS check.  

The eligibility tool is not intended to act as legal advice and doesn’t cover every role. If you have any queries please get in touch.

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 DBS has a range of guides that can help you establish the workforces and eligibility for levels of DBS checks:

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