DBS Guidance


The GOV.UK website provides a collection of documents which details guidance and information about DBS checks and processes. You will also be able to find the DBS Privacy Policies in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Applicant guidance

There are a number of guides which you may find useful as an applicant, including, application form guidance and information regarding the sensitive applications route for transgender applicants

You are also able to find out more about the DBS Update Service, which is an online subscription that enables you to keep your standard or enhanced certificated up to date and therefore employers can check your certificate online. 

Manager guidance

There is also guidance available on the GOV.UK webpages to support employers, which includes the type of DBS checks and guidance related to the various steps of the DBS check process. 

ID Verifier guidance

In order to support employers with validating the identity of a DBS check applicant, guidelines are available to support with the checking process and what ID is acceptable.