All change for CRB checks

In December 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The new system will replace the old CRB checking service and will launch in the next few months. It heralds an end to multiple applications for CRB checks every time a volunteer takes up a role at a new organisation. There will still be no charge to volunteers whose placement requires a CRB and it is the responsibility of the organisation you are volunteering with to arrange the check.

If you are already volunteering and have a current CRB certificate, you do not need to do anything. If you go on to volunteer at a different organisation after DBS has launched, you will need to apply for a DBS certificate which will then be portable. You will not need to reapply if you move on again; the certificate will be transferable.

Once you have applied for clearance from the DBS you can go online for an instant check to find out whether your certificate is still up to date, thereby avoiding the need for individuals to apply for multiple checks to work with different organisations.

Information correct as of time of publication. For full information please visit the gov.uk website.