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Welcome to Disclosure Services

Helping you get Criminal Record checks since 2002

Disclosure Services provides online Basic, Standard and Enhanced Criminal Record checks (formerly CRB checks), one-click Route Two background checking and PVG scheme membership for Scotland.  This is achieved via a suite of tools enabling fast, accurate applications, real-time application tracking, easy reporting and more. Our friendly, experienced team support clients throughout the criminal record process.

Our broad range of clients represent all areas of service, commerce, and industry in private, public, charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Our primary goal is to support our clients with timely, accurate information and the expert personal service we provide to assist in fulfilling your regulatory and compliance requirements.

We provide On-line Criminal Record checks via the Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) e-Bulk e-application process or via the  paper application route.

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Guidance: Quality assurance framework: case law


Updated: Added a new case law file - AR v Manchester Police June 2016.

The documents provide details of the findings from relevant challenges to the disclosure of information under Part V of the Police Act 1997. The documents further clarify the requirements and responsibilities placed on forces under the act and disclosure units will find this material of use in their considerations of relevance.

Should you become aware of any new or additional case law that you think others may find useful please email the standards and compliance unit.

In addition to the stated cases, the Government Legal Service Department document The Judge Over Your Shoulder, published by the Treasury Solicitors Department, contains some very useful information on the judicial review process as well as some background on the terms/references that are frequently used within the stated cases (such as reasonable and Wednesbury Principles).

The judgement in the case R (S) vs C.C. West Mercia is presented here for your information.

R (S) v C.C. West Mercia

West Mercia Police were kind enough to review this case for the benefit of colleagues considering disclosure. A significant factor in this case was the identification of the alleged offender. Evidence was provided by the applicant that impacted on the Judges assessment of the weight of that evidence, in that it was concluded that in the absence of the case papers that it was very unlikely that it might be true.

In reaching this decision the court went no further than in X, where it was accepted that there could be cases where the information should not be included in the certificate because it is disproportionate to do so; the information might be as to some trifling matter; it may be that the evidence made it so unlikely that the information was correct, that it again would be disproportionate to disclose it.

In fact, Lord Woolf gave as an example that a good reason for non disclosure would be where a view was formed that the case involved mistaken identity. In this case the Judge noted that the circumstances surrounding the acquittal are all important. There will be instances where an alleged offender is acquitted but only because the Magistrates (or Jury) entertain a reasonable doubt about the alleged offenders guilt.

The tribunal of fact may harbour substantial doubts. In such circumstances, however, it might well be perfectly reasonable and rational for a Chief Constable to conclude that the alleged offender might have committed the alleged offence. It is not our role to reinvestigate the incident and on many occasions, at for example Crown Court, the only information is the acquittal and it would appear this judgement places no further, or onerous, duty on police than that set out in X.

However, and bearing in mind the Treasury Solicitors guidance that a decision maker should take account of all the relevant considerations and where information might be available that should be taken account of, particular care needs to be taken where identity is at issue, or raised by the applicant and this principle would extend to circumstances where the information led one to consider, for example, there was doubt as to the credibility of a witness.

In R (B) v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis a similar consideration of the might be true test against the allegation was considered and from this a consideration of whether the information was not so obviously devoid of substance is a useful guide.

There may be cases where, although the information supplied by the chief officer of police is correct so far as it goes, it is in fact thoroughly misleading, whether by reason of suggestion falsi or supressio veri. For example, the statement that K has been prosecuted for the rape of L may be entirely correct, so far as it goes, but may in fact be thoroughly misleading, if, for example, it omits to add, but was acquitted by the jury or, as the case may be, was exonerated after the police discovered that the rape was in fact committed by M, who has subsequently been convicted.


R (P) vs Thames Valley 2008 R (C) vs GMP May 2010 - Appeal Jan 2011

News story: New DBS Chief Executive announced


Adele was selected to lead the executive team at DBS, following a rigorous recruitment process.

DBS Chairman, Bill Griffiths, said:

Adele demonstrated exceedingly strong leadership skills, with vast experience in coaching, developing and inspiring teams through complex business transformation.

A first-class communicator, with experience of leading high performing corporate functions - and a clear commitment to safeguarding - shes proven her ability to build the right level of relationships with internal and external stakeholders. In addition, with her high level of political acuity, Im confident Adele will make a very positive contribution to the public safety agenda.

Adele added:

It is an absolute privilege to be stepping up to the position of Chief Executive to lead such an extraordinary team with an important job to do.

The services DBS provides have never been so important and I fully intend to make sure we add value to safeguarding as a public body. I relish this opportunity and am delighted to have been selected to take DBS forward and lead the organisation in this next exciting chapter.

Collection: Migration transparency data


Updated: Updated migration transparency data collection.

These documents include performance data related to areas in the Home Office business plan, which lists the key input and impact indicators relating to borders and immigration and HM Passport Office. Input indicators show the full costs of these activities. Impact indicators measure the extent to which policies and activities are having the intended effect.

These documents also include data on borders and immigration activity which has been regularly requested from the Home Office by the Home Affairs Select Committee. Following data quality issues found during the preparation and production of Transaction Explorer data for the latest quarter, the Home Office has suspended the publication of Transaction Explorer data to carry out a thorough review of all the data sets. As well as thoroughly reviewing the latest quarters data, we are reviewing Historical Transaction Explorer data which should be viewed with caution. Once this review is completed we intend to publish any revisions to data as part of later publications.

Data relating to Settlement applications on hold pending the results of a judicial review has been removed from the May 2016 publication for UK Visas and Immigration International Operations data as the work on these applications has been completed.

General statistics on immigration are in the Migration statistics collection.

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