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DBS checks and your mental health

Explains what a DBS check is, and what you can do if you are unhappy with the information the police hold about you. This includes information about your mental health.

What is a DBS check?

A DBS check is a way for employers check your criminal record, to help decide whether you are a suitable person to work for them. This includes deciding whether it is suitable for you to work with children or vulnerable adults.

DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service. This is the public body that carries out DBS checks. They used to be carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). So you may still see or hear them called 'CRB checks'.  

There are four different types of DBS check. The type of check you need will depend on what kind of job you apply for. The different types of are:

Visit our page on what will show up on a DBS check to find out the difference between each level of check.

Once your check is complete, the DBS will send you a DBS certificate with the results of the check.

This information was published in December 2022. We will revise it in 2025. 

References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information, see our page on permissions and licensing.

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