DBS Checks (Formerly CRB)


Please be Advised

Due to unforseen circumstances, we are unable to process DBS applications unless an appointment is booked.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

Please ring 0191 2615234 for further information and to book an appointment. 

DBS Umbrella Disclosure Service OPERATES Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10.00am - 2.00pm by appointment ONLY

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Caring Hands Charity has been registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the CRB) as an Umbrella Body since 2004.

As an umbrella organisation we comply with the DBS Code of Practise .  Under the provisions of the Code and our Data Protection policy, sensitive personal information is handled and stored appropriately and kept only as long as is necessary.

We can offer a same day application service to any eligible person requiring a DBS check. Forms are available on site, and countersignatories are on hand to help complete the form and verify your personal documents. DBS Certificates are provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service organisation - an executive agency of the Home Office.

Who can ask for a DBS check

Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. You can only check someone's criminal record if they're applying for certain roles .


Self-employed can’t complete a DBS check on themselves. Instead, they can request a Basic Disclosure or ask the organisation they work for to apply for their check if they're doing certain roles .


If the organisation carries out criminal records checks, they must have a Policy on Employing Ex-offenders and show it to any applicant who asks for it.


The organisation is responsible for ensuring that the specific position is eligible for a DBS check before submiting to Caring Hands Charity for countersigning.


This DBS tool will help you to find out if you can apply for a DBS check.


Levels of criminal record check available
  • Standard check - only available for certain occupations & entry into identified professions as specified in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974*.  Shows spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.
  • Enhanced check – for positions involved in regularly caring for, tranining, supervising, in sole charge or working with children/vulnerable adults. Shows the same as a standard check plus any information held by local police that’s considered relevant to the role.
  • Enhanced check with barred lists - for positions involved in regularly caring for, training, supervising, in sole charge or working with children/vulnerable adults. Shows the same as an enhanced check plus whether the applicant is on the list of people barred from doing the role.

*  You can access the various Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations by searching for them on www.legislation.gov.uk .

Charges for DBS applications

Please note the administration fee is non-refundable.

  • Charge for Voluntary Position (standard or enhanced) £5.00 administration fee
  • Charge for a Standard Disclosure for Employed Position £36.00 (including £10.00 administration fee)
  • Charge for an Enhanced Disclosure for Employed Position £54.00 (including £10.00 administration fee)
  • Charge to sign you in to The Update Service is £5.00 administration fee
Application Process

To apply for a DBS check please view our How to apply for a DBS Check page. 

Please contact us for any assistance and advice.

More detailed DBS Disclosure information is available by visiting the www.gov.uk website.

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