Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
(previously CRB checks)
A number of programmes of study at York St John
University involve students undertaking a placement that includes
contact with children or vulnerable adults. We are required to
ensure that these students are suitable through a Disclosure and
Barring Service (DBS) check.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make
safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from
working with vulnerable groups, including children. It is an
executive non-departmental public body of the Home Office, and
replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent
Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
For advice and guidance on the DBS process, please see
staff at the Student Advice Desk, Holgate Student Centre.
- Establish whether your placement provider requires you
to have a DBS check, using the Placement DBS
Requirement Request Form. Once completed, return the
form to the Student Advice Desk in the Holgate
- Collect a DBS Application Form from the Student
Advice Desk. Staff there can guide you through the
- Complete the DBS Application Form, using
continuation sheets as necessary. You'll
be given a receipt with an Application Form reference number
which should be kept for future reference.
- Once completed, return the
DBS Application Form to the Student Advice Desk
with your relevant proof of identity
documents and fee. The cost of a DBS check is £44. This
money goes directly to the Disclosure and Barring Service. You'll
need to pay by cheque at the Student Advice Desk, however you
can pay by cash or debit card directly to the Finance
- Registry staff will check your application and send
it to the Disclosure and Barring Service. You can
your application's progress online, using your Application
Form reference number.
- Your DBS Disclosure will be posted out to
you, to the address you supply on your application form.
The University will also receive a copy, which we will keep on file for six months.