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Important Information Regarding Disclosure and Barring Service Changes

17th June 2013

From 17 June 2013, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are introducing a new service called the Update Service and to coincide with this they will also start issuing a single Disclosure Certificate to applicants only.

Registered bodies will no longer receive a copy of individuals Disclosure Certificate. This will affect the way the ASA carry out future disclosure applications and how applicants can manage their disclosure.

DBS Update Service

One of the government’s priorities is to overhaul the criminal records regime to give individuals greater control of their own information, allow DBS Certificates to be reused when applying for similar jobs and reduce the burden of red tape on employers.

This new subscription service lets individuals keep their DBS Certificates up-to-date so they can take it with them when they move jobs or roles.

Single Disclosure Certificate

Previously, the DBS (formerly CRB) issued Disclosure Certificates to both the applicant and to the registered body or umbrella body. From 17 June 2013, the DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate will be issued by the DBS to the applicant only.

As a consequence of this change the ASA may, under specific circumstances, request applicants send in an original copy of their DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate before they can confirm with clubs that an individual is clear to undertake a role in Regulated Activity.

Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/dbs and on our Disclosure and Barring page here.

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