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 eligeble 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 – The initial stage when the application form is received and validated by the DBS (check that all of the required information is present and entered correctly).

Stage 2 – The Police National Computer is searched for any criminal information the applicant may have.

Stage 3 – DBS Children, DBS Adults and List 99 searched, where applicable. This checks against the barred lists to see if the applicant is barred from working with children and/or adults. These checks are only available for Enhanced disclosures, when request by the employer.

Stage 4 – The application goes to the applicants local police force should there be information found at stage 2 and/or the barred list checks are requested. Please note: this may be multiple police forces if the applicant has lived in several different areas in the past 5 years, thus some applications may take a little longer at this stage.

Stage 5 – The application has been completed and the disclosure has gone to printing. Please note this stage may take a few days as the disclosures are printed in the order they are completed.