The DBS Barred Lists – Everything you need to know

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If you’ve ever applied for an Enhanced DBS Check, you will likely have heard the term ‘barring’ or ‘needing to be checked against a barred list’ but what exactly does this mean?

Our team have used their experience to pull together the information below to help answer some of the questions that we get asked the most so we’re sure that you will find the below information useful.

What are the DBS Barred Lists?

Two barred lists were created under legislation in the Protecting of Vulnerable Groups Act of 2006 and since 2012, when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the DBS, these have been maintained by the DBS. The two lists are:

List 99: This is the list of people that are banned from working with children and is commonly known as the Children’s barred list. More information on this can be found here.

Adult First Check: Formerly known as POVA or ISA, this is the list of people that are barred from working with vulnerable adults. It is commonly referred to as the Adults’ barred list. More information can be found here.

An individual can appear on just one or both lists.


When will an individual appear on a barred list?

The DBS keep records or ‘lists’ of individuals that are banned from working with children and/or vulnerable adults. An individual’s name can appear on one or both lists and will be as a result of a crime that they have committed or if they have been referred.

Referrals should be made to the DBS when an employer or organisation believes a person has caused harm or poses a future risk of harm to vulnerable groups, including children.

The DBS referral guidance contains all of the information needed on how to make a referral.

It is a criminal offence to employ someone to work in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults if their name is on one of the two lists.

Similarly, it is also an offence if a barred person seeks, offers, or engages in regulated activity with a group from which they are barred from working.


How do the lists work?

When an individual is due to engage in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults as part of their new role, generally they cannot start the job until they receive their DBS certificate.

However, if an employer requests a barred list check at the time of applying for a DBS certificate, a clear result will allow the individual to engage in regulated activity provided that they are supervised at all times until their DBS certificate completes.

Typically, barred list check results can return within hours. It is up to the employer to request the barred list check as part of the DBS application.

Read our blog on regulated activity with children or adults for more information.


What is an Enhanced DBS Check and how do I apply for a Barred List Check?

An Enhanced DBS Check is mandatory for people working in regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults such as teaching, training, healthcare, or personal care. If your role is eligible, an application for an Enhanced DBS Check can only be submitted through an employer/organisation who can also request that one or both DBS barred lists are checked.

Individuals cannot apply for an Enhanced DBS Check themselves.

The certificate will show details of both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and warnings and any other information that is held on the Police National Computer that the police deem relevant to the role being applied for.

Read eligibility guidance for an Enhanced DBS Check for more information.


The DBS Barred Lists – In Summary

The barred lists were introduced to help organisations make better and safer recruitment decisions especially when it comes to children and vulnerable adults. One or both checks can be requested as part of an Enhanced DBS application depending on the job role(s) of the applicant.

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