Fast, secure, online criminal record disclosures (DBS / CRB)


Sanctuary DBS is a provider of fast, secure, personal background checks to organisations and individuals that need to hold a DBS disclosure. Our online system saves you time and money and is supported by our specialist experience within statutory child protection and adults safeguarding work.

Our service is different from most other umbrella bodies, because we understand how complicated some DBS applications can become, and because we can go beyond just providing disclosure results, to actually helping employers risk assess sensitive and time-critical staff appointments.

Sanctuary has a large and busy HR section, meaning we can offer this service at extremely competitive rates – drawing on the knowledge of the social workers who are overseeing projects for our Local Government clients.

Changes from the former “Criminal Records Bureau” – 01/01/2013

On December 1st 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) were both replaced with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS continues the work of both the CRB and the ISA, and has so far kept all the same guidelines and operating procedures.

Sanctuary is fully up-to-date with this change, and for most purposes the process for obtaining a criminal record check is exactly the same as before, with the only noticeable differences for most employers and their applicants being to the terminology and logos used at the top of the forms.

More detail on the changes is available at:

If your specific setting, or the duties of a particular role, are affected by any of the other changes listed here, our staff will make contact to discuss.

Bigger changes are expected later this year, including:- the introduction of an online update tool to make it easier to get renewals; and stricter criteria may be applied to the relevance of the information the Police include in the check.

Registration Details

DBS Registered Body Name: Sanctuary Personnel Ltd
Lead Signatory: Deborah Bell
DBS Registered Body Number: 29889700007

Access NI Registered Body Number: 8000101623
Disclosure Scotland Number: SAN25453
Approved Umbrella Body
Approved eBulk Bureau (online DBS)