The Home Office helps safeguard children and vulnerable adults by providing employers with a service that lets them see safeguarding information, such as details of criminal records, about people who want to work with children or vulnerable adults. Employers use this service to help them decide who to employ. The safeguarding service is run by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), an arm’s length body set up by the Home Office in 2012. When DBS was created, the Home Office wanted to modernise what was previously a paper-based service and launch a new product, the update service, that it assumed people would choose to use in large numbers. Together, these were intended to make DBS cheaper to run for both government and DBS’s customers and to provide a better service for employers and the individuals whose records are checked.
Published: 25 May 2018