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The government made changes to the disclosure of criminal records and barring arrangements which came into force on 10 September 2012.

The main changes are that there is a new definition of regulated activity (work which a barred person must not do) and controlled activity has been removed from the activities which are eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The government's aim is to scale back the scope of regulated activity and the number of DBS checks undertaken to focus on work which involves close and unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups including children.

Regulated activity now only includes roles where individuals are required to work unsupervised with children or in a limited range of establishments with opportunity for contact with children; or working with adults providing healthcare, personal care, social work, assistance with cash, bills and/or shopping, assistance in the conduct of a person’s own affairs or conveying.

There are a number of further changes proposed. The Shared Service Centre is working to revise the DBS policy and school guidelines to take account of these. They will be issued as soon as possible.

If you are uncertain about what level, if any, of DBS check to request for a new employee, please contact the DBS team at the Shared Service Centre.

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