‘DBS’ stands for ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’.
A DBS check is essentially a report of somebody’s criminal record.
There are different types of DBS checks, which we cover later on, but they will all look at, and report on, someone’s:
Spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.
DBS checks primarily exist to allow employers to screen prospective employees.
They are also referenced in respect to roles where people work with children and vulnerable adults such as schools and care homes etc. Here, DBS checks are, in theory, one effective tool to ensuring children are in a safe and protected environment.