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DBS Policy and Procedures

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) an executive agency of the Home Office set up to help organisations make safe recruitment decisions. By providing access to criminal record information, the DBS will help organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors and 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 procedures.  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.

If you have a student query regarding the DBS policy and procedures or your Disclosure, please contact the DBS Co-ordination Team. Email: rg.dbsteam@northumbria.ac.uk

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 Home Office and Direct Gov .

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