Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

These pages provide information for applicants about Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) was in operation from April 2002. From 1 December 2012, the bureau merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The processes have not changed as a result of this merger and the service continues to be delivered as normal. The University makes use of the DBS service for admitting students to courses where a DBS Disclosure is a requirement of admission, and for placement purposes.

For the majority of courses, the University will only ask about "unspent" convictions, as defined in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. A DBS Enhanced Disclosure is a specific requirement of admission to courses where students may be placed in a position of trust and/or may be dealing with children and/or vulnerable adults.

These courses are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Exemptions are defined within The Police Act 1997 and The Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) Regulations 2002.

Legislation that came into effect on 29 May 2013 allows for some old or minor convictions and cautions to be exempt from disclosure under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended). This means that under the new filtering rules, applicants will no longer need to declare certain old and minor convictions or cautions and the University cannot take these into account in their decisions, even though the applicant may be carrying out what the DBS calls "Regulated Activity". This process is referred to as the "filtering" of convictions and more information can be found via the link to our DBS policies below.

You can find more information about our policies and procedures on the following webpages: