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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 or volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults.

~ You have staff or volunteers who go into people’s homes

~ Your staff or volunteers 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 check) 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

Current charges:


£18 per volunteer

£62 for a paid member of staff or private individual


£18 per volunteer

£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

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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