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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Some jobs may require a Disclosure and Barring Service check on the successful applicant


  • What is a Disclosure?

Some jobs with Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Borough Homes and Colchester Commercial Holdings Ltd may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau) check on the successful applicant.   This will be stated in the advert.  Candidates should also be aware that both organisations periodically ask employees to complete new DBS checks and the frequency of this depends upon the nature of the role.

Please also note that legally we are unable to make an offer of employment to the successful candidate/s until the DBS check has been cleared.

A Disclosure is a document containing information held by the police and government.  Disclosures are provided by the DBS, an executive agency of the Home Office.

The disclosure service offers organisations a means to check the background of job applicants to ensure that they do not have a history that would make them unsuitable for vacant posts.

Council's policy on the handling of DBS information

The DBS is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Home Office. They process applications for criminal record checks so that organisations like the Council can make informed recruitment decisions and vulnerable groups such as children can continue to be protected.

For more information about the DBS, please visit  

Additionally, the Council has a wide range of services and facilities that can involve dealing with children or vulnerable adults.  We treat our obligations for the safety of children and vulnerable adults seriously and expect our staff to be committed to the principles of our published policies and to adhere to the procedures contained within them.

If you are applying for a job that involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults, information about this will be included in the application pack.  This also means that you will be required to give us certain information about yourself (for example, date of birth) on the Equality and Diversity monitoring form.

As part of the DBS process we may have to release this information to a third party supplier to obtain an external electronic ID validation check. This process will be undertaken with strict regard to our Data Protection Policy.

The Council's policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders

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