On 1st December 2012, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) under the Freedoms Act 2012. As a result CRB Checks are now called DBS Checks.  This was much more than a change of names. Organisations working with children and young people and adults who may be  vulnerable will need to be clear on changing arrangements and obligations.

Did you know that…

* it is illegal to apply for a DBS Check unless the role is eligible for one.

* you have a duty to report volunteers to the DBS who are dismissed or removed from Regulated Activity (or would have been if the person had not already left) because they harmed or posed a risk to an individual.

* DBS checks are now portable (you can take them from job to job) for the first time.

A Half day Briefing could help you feel you are up to date on all the changes. Are you in Waltham Forest? Sign up for the session on 1pm   in Waltham Forest. Check details at

http://www.voluntaryaction.net/training/briefing-dbs-checks-previously-crb-checks or ring us directly.