The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
On 1 December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
This new organisation will provide a joined up, seamless service combining the criminal records checking and barring functions. Further legislative changes will come into force during 2013 and 2014. These details will be published on the Home Office website.
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Employers, social services and professional regulators are under a legal duty to notify the DBS of relevant information, so that individuals who pose a threat to vulnerable groups can be identified and barred from working with these groups.
If your organisation dismisses or removes a member of staff/volunteer from working with children and/or vulnerable adults (in what is legally defined as regulated activity) because they have harmed a child or vulnerable adult you have a legal duty to inform the DBS.
An organisation which knowingly employs someone who is barred is breaking the law.
A person barred from working with children or vulnerable adults is breaking the law if they work/volunteer or seek to work/volunteer with these groups.