DBS Checks (Formerly CRB)

DBS Umbrella Disclosure Service OPERATES FROM 9.00am TO 2.00pmCRB Application



Caring Hands Charity has been registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the CRB) as an umbrella body since 2004.

As an umbrella organisation we comply with the DBS Code of Practise .  Under the provisions of the Code and our Data Protection policy, sensitive personal information is handled and stored appropriately and kept only as long as is necessary.

We can offer a same day application service to any eligible person requiring a DBS check. Forms are available on site, and countersignatories are on hand to help complete the form and verify your personal documents. DBS Certificates are provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service organisation - an executive agency of the Home Office.

Who can ask for a DBS check

Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. Self-employed and similar can’t complete a criminal records check on themselves. Instead, they can request a basic disclosure .


Your organisation is responsible for ensuring that the specific position is eligible for a DBS check before submiting to Caring Hands Charity for countersigning.


This DBS tool will help you to find out if you can apply for a DBS check.


Levels of criminal record check available
  • Standard checks are only available for certain occupations and for entry into identified professions as specified in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974*.  Standard Disclosures show current and spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer.
  • Enhanced checks – To be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate, the position must be included in both the ROA Exceptions Order and in the Police Act 1997* (Criminal Records) regulations.
  • Enhanced checks with children’s and/or adults’ barred list check(s) are for posts involved in regulated activities** with adults and/or children.  To be eligible to request this check, the position must be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate as above and be specifically included in the Police Act 1997* (Criminal Records) regulations as able to check the appropriate barred list(s).

*  You can access the various Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations by searching for them on www.legislation.gov.uk .

**  For a definition of 'regulated activities' please visit DBS website .

Charges for DBS applications

Please note the administration fee is non-refundable.

  • Charge for Voluntary Position (standard or enhanced) £5.00 administration fee
  • Charge for a Standard Disclosure for Employed Position £36.00 (including £10.00 administration fee)
  • Charge for an Enhanced Disclosure for Employed Position £54.00 (including £10.00 administration fee)
  • Charge to sign you in to The Update Service is £5.00 administration fee
Registration (free of charge)

If your organisation wishes to use our DBS service please register with us by completing this Registration Form.

Application Process

To apply for a DBS check please view our How to apply for a DBS Check page. 

Please contact us for any assistance and advice.

More detailed DBS Disclosure information is available by visiting the www.gov.uk website.

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