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.
How to find an advocate
If you're in hospital, you can also contact the:
In some situations, you may be legally entitled to the support of an advocate. For more information, see our page on your legal rights to advocacy.
Disclosure and Barring Service
03000 200 190 (English)
03000 200 191 (Welsh)
03000 200 192 (Minicom)
The Disclosure and Barring Service is the public agency responsible for processing requests for criminal record checks. It runs a helpline for questions about DBS checks.
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.
This information was published in December 2022. We will revise it in 2025.
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