Disclosure and Barring Service (Formerly CRB)
Please note: The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has replaced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Policy
Staffordshire County Council's DBS retention policy (874 KB) includes information for secure storage, handling, use, retention and disposal of DBS disclosure information. Further information about the DBS can be found on the Home office website.
Umbrella Body Service
Staffordshire County Council offers an Umbrella Body Service - a reliable, friendly and professional approach to completing Disclosure and Barring Service checks for other organisations/ third parties.
The Shared Service Centre, based in Stafford, operates an Umbrella Body Service along side its Registered Body Service (covering the employees of SCC) which deals with thousands of DBS disclosures each year and give us significant experience and understanding of the process. As Staffordshire County Council is a Local Authority it cannot make a profit, therefore offering a competitively priced service to a high standard.
A DBS check currently costs £44 plus an administration fee of £9.50 plus VAT. SCC also offers an optional badging service as part of the Umbrella Body Process which costs £3.50 plus VAT, enabling customers to have a visible, and portable, proof of a criminal record check.
Staffordshire County Council's Umbrella Body Service offers an Identification Verification Service as part of the process for completing the DBS application for small businesses.
If you are interested in using our Umbrella Body Service please email firstname.lastname@example.org; you will be asked the nature of your business and the reasons why you require a DBS disclosure to ensure you are eligible.
Staffordshire County Council processes all disclosures using an ‘E-Bulk’ online checking system that helps prevent employment delays, eliminates disclosure application data errors and reduces administration. If you are required to complete a Disclosure Application Form as part of your job application you will be notified accordingly. The following guidance notes will assist you through the online process:
DBS Applicant Guide March 2014 (1 MB)
Disclosure Eligibility Guidance (29 KB)
Trying to turn your life around following a conviction or caution can be tough – particularly in applying to get a new job; having a criminal record should not always stop someone from getting a job or even applying for one.
To help bring some clarity Unlock, the national charity that provides information and advice services for people with convictions, has published a detailed guide all about the DBS checking process for people who have a criminal record.
The guide is called ‘Unlocking Criminal Record Checks’ and is available from
Unlock’s website. It contains information that will help those with convictions understand how the process works and how it impacts on them.
If you want to discuss your criminal record you can get in touch with Unlock via email email@example.com or call 01634 247 350