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Disclosure and Barring


On 1 December, under the provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (PFA), the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The merger has resulted in the following changes to terminology:

  • A standard CRB check has become a standard DBS check
  • An enhanced CRB check with barred list check has become an enhanced check for regulated activity
  • An enhanced CRB check has become an enhanced DBS check

We are currently updating our information on disclosure and barring.  The latest forms and guidance can be found below.

More information can be found on the Home Office web site| or you can e-mail:|

Forms and guidance

News and updates


Contact us

Safeguarding Support Team
Gateshead Council
Regent Street

Tel: 0191 433 2206 or 0191 433 2866

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