What is a CRB check?

If you’re researching a new job, you might ask: ‘what’s the difference between a DBS and CRB check?’ At Care Check we can provide all those answers & more!

A CRB check is a Criminal Records Bureau background check for persons working with vulnerable groups or in regulated industry. 

Prior to it’s 2002 launch, there was no government body in place to process background checks to safeguard vulnerable persons.  

The checks were in operation until the introduction of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in 2012. You may find a ‘CRB Check’ around today because there are many people who will have a CRB certificate to their name. However, a CRB Check can no longer be obtained in the old format.

What is the difference between a CRB check and a DBS check?

Fundamentally, CRB and DBS checks are very similar. Much like the old CRB system, DBS checks increase the depth of background check depending on the type and level of role a person may be applying for. The closer the role to a vulnerable person or child, the higher level of check required. Basic, Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks have replaced the previous CRB checks of the same name. 

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From small businesses to large employers and charities. We are adept at obtaining all levels of DBS Checks (Formerly the CRB) for any person within any type of industry.



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