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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

What the checks are and how to get one

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).

A DBS check may be needed for:

  • certain jobs or voluntary work, for example, working with children or in healthcare
  • applying to foster or adopt a child

You can find more information on the GOV.UK and Somerset County Council websites.

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