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Disclosure and barring checks

23 April 2013

Essex County Council owns and operates the eCRB Service, an umbrella organisation that manages the Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checking process on behalf of companies, ensuring that all legal requirements are met.
The eCRB Service provides expert advice and information, identifying your company requirements and employee DBS eligibility, and managing the entire checking process on your company’s behalf.

Since March 2002, the CRB (now DBS) has enabled employers to check the criminal records of employees and potential employees, in order to ascertain whether or not they are suitable to work with vulnerable groups and children. For workers with roles in these areas, a valid DBS disclosure maybe a requirement of the job.

Additionally, there are lists of individuals who are barred from working with children and vulnerable groups; These are managed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Independent Safeguarding Authority).
The Disclosure and Barring Service offers advice on barring decisions, and is referred to when some DBS checks are made. New safeguarding regulations introduced in October 2009 place an obligation on employers, social services and professional regulators to notify the DBS of relevant information so that individuals who pose a threat to vulnerable groups can be barred from working with them.
Additionally, it has become a criminal offence for a person who is barred from working with vulnerable groups to apply for a job that involves working with vulnerable groups.

The requirements for checks of different levels varies from company to company, depending on industry sector and the employee role within a company. Having been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau since 2002, eCRB is well placed to ensure all your customer requirements are fulfilled in a cost-effective manner.