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!

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

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) was introduced in April 2002. Prior to this there was no government body in place to process background checks for persons working with vulnerable groups and in regulated industry.

The CRB ran as the sole government body until 2010 when a new body was introduced called the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). The ISA was launched to run as a referral body until December 2012 when the CRB and ISA merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

What is a CRB check?

A CRB check is essentially a DBS check. The two systems both have the same objective: to complete a background check on a person before they engage in employment or any volunteering position.

Please note that CRB and DBS have never ran simultaneously. The DBS replaced the CRB and ISA in 2012.

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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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