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Consumer Advice: CRB / DBS Checks

If you need a gardener (or any trader) to work in the vicinity of children or vulnerable adults you should check that the trader has undergone a DBS check (formerly known as CRB checks).

The primary role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.

The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and merges the functions previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

For more information visit Consumer Advice at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/ .

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