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DBS Adult First



DBS Adult First Disclosure Checks is a service which can be used in cases where, exceptionally, and in accordance with the terms of Department of Health guidance, a person is permitted to start work with adults before a DBS Certificate has been obtained.

This applies to adult services for example, care homes, domiciliary care agencies and adult placement schemes where DBS Certificates are required by law.

This service is only available to organisations who are eligible to access the DBS's Adult barred list and who have requested a check of the barred lists on their DBS application form.

Standard Disclosure


The standard check is available for duties, positions and licences included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, for example, court officers, employment within a prison, and Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences.

This check will reveal any spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

Enhanced Disclosure


The enhanced check is available for specific duties, positions and licences included in both the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975) and the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations, for example, regularly caring for, training, supervising or being solely in charge of children, specified activities with adults in receipt of health care or social care services and applicants for gaming and lottery licences.

An enhanced level certificate contains the same  information as the Standard Disclosure Check plus any information held by local police that’s considered relevant to the role. 

Enhanced With List Disclosure


Shows the same information as the Enhanced Disclosure Check, plus will show whether the applicant is on the adults’ barred list, children’s barred list or both,

This means a check will be made against either the children’s or vulnerable adult’s barred list, or both, to confirm whether the applicant is barred from working with these vulnerable groups.

To be eligible for a barred list check, an individual needs to be engaging in regulated activity with either of these groups. Barred list checks then need to be requested as applicable.

To see if a certain position is entitled to the check you can use the DBS eligibility tool, which will help you determine this by asking a series of questions. Alternatively, get in touch, we are happy to help.

Guides to Disclosure and Barring 

Continuation Sheet (35kb PDF)

Quick Guide (202kb PDF)

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