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What are DBS Checks?

The Disclosure and Barring Service is the new name for what used to be called the Criminal Records Bureau.  Many people are familiar with the term CRB, and DBS has now replaced this.

These checks can be done by organisations on staff and volunteers whose work involves close and (regular) contact with children and  vulnerable adults.

It is very important that employers are certain about eligibility before requesting a DBS check, as it is an offence to ask for a check on someone who isn’t eligible.

Eligibility information can be found on the DBS website

Types of Checks

There are two levels of checks:  Standard and Enhanced.  Information on who can apply for which level can be found on the DBS website.

What do I need to do?

Email us a completed request form.  


All applications are complted face to face at our offices Hemel Hempstead and processed through a partnership agreement with North Herts CVS (NHCVS), a DBS registered umbrella body.  The process takes approximately 10-15 minuts to complete.  The individual will also need to bring 3 original identification documents.


For an information pack for organisations requesting a DBS check click here


The DBS update service has been introduced to stop people having to carry out multiple DBS checks.  The applicant, upon receipt of their disclosure, is able to register with the update service.  The cost of the update service is free for volunteers and £13 per year for employed staff.

DBS Update Service

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To complete a DBS check you will need to make an appointment at


The Volunteer Centre,

The Roundhouse,


Hemel Hempstead


DBS checks leaflet DBS Information Pack DBS Request Form DBS Guide for Individuals DBS Update Service Form

If you have not already done so, please contact us on


01442 247209




please contact us on


01442 247209