The Disclosure and Barring Service check is a UK police check that replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. It is a check for people who work with children or vulnerable adults to make sure that person is not known to pose a risk to those client groups.
A check can be standard or enhanced. The standard check looks at the person’s criminal history, an enhanced check also looks to see if they are on the barred list to stop them working with certain groups.
My check is an enhanced check for both children and vulnerable adults. It shows that I have no criminal convictions and I am not barred from working with children or adults.
I have also registered my DBS check with the update service, this means that should I ever be convicted of any crime, anyone who is tracking my certificate will be updated.
Safeguaring children and vulnerable adults is a really important foundation of dramatherapy. I am often working with people who have been hurt so it is really important that they know that I am not going to hurt them more. If any client wants to see my disclosure please ask for details.
As with all disclosures, it can only show what is on the criminal record or crimes the person has been caught for so having the certificate doesn’t make any guarantees about a persons quality.
In addition to the DBS check, I also make this self-declaration that I have not and will not been involved in any crimes, especially crimes which could lead to a person being harmed or exploited.