New DBS Code of Practice

November 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Bazely

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New DBS Code of Practice

Please note that the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have now updated their Code of Practice (CoP) and released a new version. This is a welcome change as the old version referred to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), which was transformed into the DBS in 2012. To view this new DBS Code of Practice please follow the link to the .gov website.

As an Umbrella Body for the Disclosure and Barring Service, Due Diligence Checking Limited are required to adhere to the code to allow us to submit applications. All Clients should update their records to ensure they have the most up-to-date version of this document, and are abiding by the requirements. This is especially important for any Clients who are choosing to accept Certificates that are on the DBS Update Service.

What has changed?

The new CoP has removed some of the more specific guidance that the DBS provided about the handling of Certificates and Certificate information, and replaced it with more general Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 principles. For more information of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the principles of handling the information contained on a DBS Certificate please visit the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) website. The new CoP draws particular attention to principle 7 of the DPA relating to security requirements. This section of the act provides guidance to organisations about handling sensitive personal information, which includes any information that may be revealed on a DBS Certificate. For more information on principle 7 please go to the specific webpage on the ICO website.