Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check?

A DBS check is carried out by the DBS on behalf of an organisation, with the employee's or volunteer's permission, and is usually carried out as a part of an organisation’s recruitment and vetting procedures. The DBS is an executive agency of the Home Office and accesses the Children and Vulnerable Adults barred lists and national and local police records.

The results of the check are given on a certificate called a Disclosure which is sent to the applicant and a notification of the issue of the certificate is sent to a named person in the organisation.

DBS at CAS must ensure that a completed application submitted to the DBS is correct and that the information contained within is confirmed through verification of original documents such as passports, driving licences etc.

DBS at CAS and the organisation applying for the check are legally bound to securely hold information, not to reveal any information gained by the process or shown on the DBS disclosure to others.

How long does it take for the check to be carried out?

Online DBS services are the fastest way of carrying out a DBS check. On average checks take the DBS 5 days to process, although a some may take a little longer.