Part of the Disclosure and Barring Service’s role is to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and adults at risk . Their specially trained teams assess whether individuals working, or wishing to work, in regulated activity pose a possible risk of harm to vulnerable groups. They are able to make barring decisions based on a number of sources.
They consider convictions or cautions which are considered relevant and also referrals made by employers or organisations such as professional regulatory bodies. Where there is concern that a person has caused harm or poses a future risk of harm to children or adults at risk the DBS can add them to the barred lists which they manage.
The organisations who are under a duty to make referrals include:
- Regulated activity providers;
- Personnel suppliers;
- Local authorities and Safeguarding Boards;
- Education and Library Boards;
- Health and Social Care (HSC) bodies;
- Professional Regulators and other authorities named in the legislation