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Disclosure & Barring Service: Enhanced DBS Check

The Disclosure & Barring Service was   introduced to help protect  children and vulnerable adults by providing a first-class service to support organisations recruiting people into positions of trust.


You Need Us If:

~ You have staff working with children or vulnerable adults.

~ You have staff who go into people’s homes

~ Your staff have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults.


MRC Community Action is an Umbrella Body for the Disclosure & Barring Service (formally known as the CRB) and provides advice and support to organisations seeking to obtain a Disclosure. An umbrella body is a registered body that gives other non-registered organisations access to DBS checks

Providing a dedicated service to your organisation is important to us.

"Can I say in all the years I have been using a registered body, or indeed been one myself, I have never had such an efficient service"


What do we offer?

  • Assistance with an enhanced DBS check as well as a Standard check
  • Dedicated staff to deal with your application and any enquiries you may have.
  • Monitoring progress
  • Checking and countersigning forms prior to submission to the DBS.
  • Advising outcomes
  • Cost effective and efficient service

The current charges for submitting an ENHANCED DBS CHECK are £18.00 (including VAT) per volunteer and £62.00 (including VAT) for a paid member of staff or private individual. Standard DBS checks cost £18 (inc VAT) per volunteer and £44 for a paid member of staff or private individual.

For more information contact us on 01530 510515 or email by clicking here or click here for a copy of our leaflet.

Useful Information:

Proving Your Identity (revised for the new guidelines):

DBS Continuation Sheet
DBS Eligibility Guidance
DBS Application Form - Applicant Guidance
DBS Detailed Guidance
The Update Service
ID Checking Guidelines
Barring Referral Guidance
DBS Guidance For Employers

• Upon completion of a DBS Check, only one certificate will be produced by the DBS.  This will go directly to the applicant, no certificate will be issued to the employer.
• Organisations will be reliant on applicants to show them their DBS Certificate.
• Organisations will still be able to track applications through the DBS website providing they have the form reference number and date of birth of the applicant.


X61 is extended - what you need to do now

Due to a change in legislation, you will need to complete field X61 on the application form differently. Changing the way you complete this field, for all DBS application forms, will ensure that any DBS certificates issued after the Update Service commences can be used by the individual in the new service, and to take it with them from role to role within the relevant workforce(s). This is because the Police will now use this broader definition of 'workforce' to assess the relevance of any information that they may consider for release, in place of 'position applied for'.

Action Required

Organisations should now include one of the following phrases in field X61, line 1:

- 'Child Workforce'. Use this for any position that involves working/volunteering with children.
- 'Adult Workforce'. Use this for any position that involves working/volunteering with adults.
- 'Child & Adult Workforce'. Use this for any position that involves working/volunteering with both children and adults.
- 'Other Workforce'. Use this when the person is not working with children or adults e.g. Security Guard

For an example, please click here 

Marlene Reid Enterprises Limited becomes MRC Community Action

As well as the recent changes to the Disclosure & Barring Service, Marlene Reid Enterprises Ltd (formally a trading arm of MRC Community Action) has now merged back and will now be under the name of MRC Community Action.

The means that all former DBS application forms showing Marlene Reid Enterprises Ltd will no longer be accepted to process and only forms showing the correct name can be sent to the DBS.

Any existing organisations who need to update their stock of DBS forms please contact Hannah on the email or telephone number above to order as batch, specifying the amount you would like sent out.

The Update Service - Status Checks

What is the Update Service - click here to find out more

The Update Service: Guidance

The Update Service: Applicant Guide
The Update Service: Employer Guide


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