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Disclosure and Barring Service

About the Department:

DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 on 1 December 2012, operating from two sites, Liverpool and Darlington. We operate on behalf of government delivering Disclosure functions in England, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, and Barring functions for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We operate in the complex world of safeguarding alongside our multi agency partners. Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.

We provide a service that enables organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors to make better informed, safer recruitment and other decisions. We do this by providing information to enable them to determine whether individuals are unsuitable or unable to undertake certain work, particularly with occupations involving regular contact with vulnerable groups, including children.

DBS is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of the Home Office and so we are able to utilise Home Office networks. 

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DBS Strategic Priorities

  • Provide high quality, reliable, consistent, timely and accessible services for our customers.
  • Embrace technology to drive improvements to the quality of our work.
  • Develop a talented and diverse workforce that understands how their contributions help to achieve our objectives.
  • Build a flexible, vibrant and contemporary workplace where our staff will be able to do their jobs using modern ways of working that are smart and which promote OneDBS.
  • Raise awareness of the DBS and the services we offer, keeping people informed through our communications, to increase public understanding and confidence in our organisation.
  • Be a respected and trusted organisation, working with our partners to play an influential role in the environment in which we operate.

Equality and Diversity

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has launched its Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) charter. The charter, which can be found below, is available in English, Welsh, and Easyread, and outlines our commitment to embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion practices across the organisation.

Our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) charter outlines our commitment to EDI.

Vision and Purpose

The DBS vision and purpose is to make people safer by being a visible, trusted and influential organisation, providing an outstanding quality of service to all our customers and partners, where our people understand the important safeguarding contributions they make and feel proud to work here. To do this, the DBS is committed to being an employer that is able to attract, develop, retain and engage diverse talent that is representative of the communities we serve, and to be an organisation providing outstanding service to all our existing and new customers, who are diverse and have a range of different needs. We want all our staff to be able to bring their ‘whole self’ to work.

DBS are a Disability Confident Employer.


Benefits at Disclosure and Barring Service

List of all the benefits that Disclosure and Barring Service are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Lifestyle Discount
  • Dental Plan
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Occupational Health Service including referrals for counselling and physiotherapy
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Commitment to the health and wellbeing of our employees
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Eyecare voucher scheme
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Excellent maternity, paternity, adoption and sickness benefit schemes (after a qualifying period)

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