DBS checking service

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks

We provide quick and value for money Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks for people across England and Wales.

We are a Registered Body with the DBS and can carry out checks on your behalf. We have many years’ experience with DBS and we can take away the hassle for you with our friendly 1-2-1 service.

What's included in the service?

  • We will check your completed applications and send them to the DBS. 
  • We will monitor and track all applications on your behalf and notify you when the Disclosure has been released to your applicant.
  • We will provide dedicated support to deal with your queries by phone, email or in person. 
  • We can provide training upon request, helping you complete your application ensuring a smooth process from start to finish.

How much does it cost?

Voluntary and charity groups

Commercial and statutory bodies

How do I register?

Please complete our Registration Pro-Forma and we will issue you with a Contract Pack. If you have any questions about applying for a DBS check, or if are unsure if the role for which you are applying for a DBS check is eligible you can email our DBS officer.

Want more information?

Here are some links to useful resources on the DBS Service.

DBS Code of Practice

Applicant's guide to completing the DBS application form

ID Checking guidelines for DBS check applications  

Guidance on examining Identity Documents

DBS Update Service: employer guide

DBS Update Service: applicant guide

For a small voluntary organisation the DBS service offered by Spark is invaluable.

Compass Disability Services is an employer of over 50 staff and provider of independent living services. We have a need for a reliable, professional and cost effective DBS service. We have worked with Spark over the past four years to provide this service and continue to be very happy that our needs are being met.

Richard Pitman, CEO Compass Disability Service

Please note, individuals and the self-employed cannot apply for a DBS certificate of their own criminal record, as they cannot ask an exempted question of themselves. A self-employed person who is eligible for a DBS check can ask the organisation that wishes to contract their services to apply for their DBS check, or individuals can get a basic check from Disclosure Scotland, which provides details of any ‘unspent’ convictions