DBS Guidelines

Here you can view and download, as a PDF file, a range of DBS publications and guidance notes.

DBS Completion General Rules

Please note – individuals are not legally entitled to submit criminal record checks. If you’re an individual that needs a criminal record check, you must apply via your organisation.

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DBS Unusual Address Guide

Sections b and c of the DBS check application form asks you for your 5 year address history. If you don’t have a straightforward address history this guide may help you.

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Types of Disclosures

There are different types of DBS checks. The employer or organisation running the check should provide you with more information about the level of check required. For information download our guide.

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Volunteer applications

To qualify for a free-of-charge criminal record check, the applicant must not benefit directly from the position the DBS application is being submitted for. Download the guide.

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