01942 233323

01942 233323

Disclosure and Barring Service


Do you need a DBS (formerly CRB)check?

Embrace is a registered umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service which was previously called CRB Checking Service. As a local charity we provide this service for other organisations and companies to help raise funds to support local people in our community. Our costs for administration include the time taken to complete applications, checking and chasing as well as charges from the DBS office themselves (for paid employees).

As a registered umbrella body we can process DBS checks for your employees which involve:

  • Checking identification
  • Help with completing the application forms
  • Chasing existing applications with DBS office
  • Support with outstanding DBS applications
  • Liaising with the Police where needed

What types of checks are there?

Embrace provide Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check which is the highest level required for employment involving caring for, supervising, training or being alone with children or vulnerable adults. An enhanced DBS includes details of all convictions on record; spent or unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (this could potentially include minor offences). An enhanced disclosure involves an extra level of checking with the local police force records as well as the Police National Computer and other government lists where applicable.

Who is eligible for a DBS?

Not everyone can have a Disclosure and Barring check. For instance individuals and the self-employed cannot apply for a check directly to the DBS.

To be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate, the position must be included in both the ROA Exceptions Order and in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations. For further information on eligibility of a DBS then please go to the Disclosure and Barring page.


You can find out to the progress of your DBS by clicking the button below which will take you to the government portal.



Stage 1 – application form received and validated The application form is checked for errors or omissions. The form is either scanned onto the DBS system or returned for correction to the countersignatory within 24 hours of receipt.

Stage 2 – Police National Computer (PNC) searched Key data from the application form is compared against details from the Police National Computer (PNC) to search for any matches.

Stage 3 – Children and adults’ barred lists searched (where applicable) Key data from the application form is compared against barred lists to search for any matches.

Stage 4 – Records held by the police searched Enhanced checks are sent by secure, electronic means to the police for an additional check of records before the information is sent back to the DBS. Your details may be same as, or similar to details held at any police force across the country. To make sure potential matches are not missed, those police forces will check the details against their information.

Stage 5 – DBS certificate printed All the information to be disclosed is printed under highly secure procedures and posted to the applicant. The applicant will then need to show their DBS certificate to the employer who requested the criminal record check.

Translate »
Skip to content