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DBS & Referencing

What is the DBS?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is an executive and non-departmental public body of the Home Office. The DBS helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

The DBS are responsible for:

  • processing requests for criminal records checks
  • deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list
  • placing or removing people from the DBS children’s barred list and adults’ barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Candidates will be asked to apply for a DBS check if:

  • they will be working in Health Care Sector
  • they will be working with children or vulnerable adults
  • they will be working in an establishment that is wholly or mainly for children
  • they have applied to be a foster carer, adoptive parent or childminder

For further information about The Disclosure & Barring Service visit:

All candidates Compass Associates assist in securing a new role will have to undergo a DBS Check prior to starting work with their new employer.

In most cases you will complete the DBS form onsite either after interview or at a later date having successfully secured the role.

Please find a link to the various forms of identity you will need to complete your application: Valid Identity Documents 


Obtaining references is a vitally important part of the recruitment process. For every individual Compass Associates assist in finding alternative employment we require a minimum of two references; one of these consisting of your current or most recent employer.

All candidates represented by Compass Associates will be requested to complete our Referee Contact and Consent Form along with our Candidate Agreement Form prior to interview.