It is a check of your criminal record which is used by an employer to decide whether you are a suitable person to work with children or vulnerable adults. DBS checks used to be called Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and you may still see or hear them referred to as this. DBS checks are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Depending on what kind of job you are applying for, there are three different types of DBS checks:
This information was published in February 2017. We will revise it in 2019.