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DBS Policy and Procedures

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is an executive agency of the Home Office set up to help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors including educational institutions identify candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that involving contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.  A DBS disclosure is an impartial and confidential document that details an individual's criminal record and, where appropriate, details of those who are banned from working with children.

In accordance to the University’s Safeguarding Policy, safe recruitment practices are in place to ensure all staff and students involved in regulated activity are subject to the appropriate DBS clearance.  This is a mandatory requirement for students whose studies, placement, research or volunteering activity involve such regulated activity.

If you have been invited to a DBS checking event as part of your programme, please click here for information regarding which documents you will need to provide.

If you have applied for a programme or are studying a programme which you think requires a DBS check, then please click here for more information.


Admissions Policy

You can find the Admissions Policy here, and linked information for applicants with criminal records here.


Fitness to Practice Standards

As per the Handbook of Student Regulations, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the University at the earliest possible opportunity of any criminal charge or conviction, or if they have contact with partner agencies with respect to safeguarding a child or adult, or they are implicated in harming someone else.



If you have a student query regarding the DBS procedure or your disclosure, please contact the DBS Co-ordination Team. Email:, applicant queries should be directed

Staff DBS applications are administered by HR, line managers should refer to the DBS Risk Assessment tool available via the staff portal.

More information can be found at GOV.UK

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