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Umbrella Body

Personnel Checks is a registered Umbrella Body for the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).


An Umbrella Body acts on behalf of the DBS to process criminal record applications for organisations. Employers are unable to apply to the DBS directly for a criminal record check, therefore the DBS created Umbrella Bodies such as Personnel Checks. A DBS Umbrella Body countersigns applications on behalf of others who are not registered and have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that those to whom they pass Disclosure information observe the Code of Practice.

What is a DBS Umbrella Body?

DBS Umbrella bodies are able to process all levels of application; Basic Disclosures, Standard DBS Checks and Enhanced DBS Checks as well as DBS Adult First applications.

Personnel Checks is a top 20 Umbrella Body which means that we have very close communication with the DBS regarding updates and changes that may happen in the future. We then ensure that we pass this news on to our customers as changes and regulations often affect the organisation or individual applying for DBS Checks.