Disclosure and Barring Service

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Policy

Word Document 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.


We process 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:

Word Document DBS Applicant Guide May 2017 (1 MB)
PDF Document Disclosure Eligibility Guidance (29 KB)

Disclosing Convictions

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 enquiries@unlock.org.uk or call 01634 247 350

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