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If you live in the UK you will know that for several years there has been a system set up to try to ensure that people known to be unsuitable for working with children or vulnerable adults are not able to do so. Over that time, in England & Wales and in Scotland, the CSSU has acted as an umbrella body enabling applications to be submitted for CRB disclosures. These identify if someone has a criminal or disciplinary record that employers need to consider when deciding to appoint him or her.
We work with two bodies.
The DBS was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012.
How to proceed
- If you decide that you wish checks to be made, you will need to go through an umbrella body; you cannot go directly to the DBS or Disclosure Scotland.
- There are many umbrella bodies - you can find them on the internet.
- However, all umbrella bodies are required to get you to agree to policies for, for instance, how you will use the information you receive, and many have policies with which we could not agree.
- In general, umbrella bodies are set up as a business, and make significant charges - typically about £10 for each check they process.
For these reasons the CSSU decided to register as an umbrella body, and provide a service to act on behalf of ecclesias who wished to have checks carried out. If you wish to use this service please get in touch with: