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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

From 1 December 2012 the agency previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) became the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

All those who work with children or vulnerable adults are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure through the DBS. It is the policy of the university that a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate is received for all staff in such roles.

The University may accept your current DBS if you already subscribe to the DBS Update Service and the role you are applying for is within the same workforce as your existing DBS check (i.e. children, adults or both). Please contact us for further details. If you are not registered with the DBS Update Service, you will be subject to a new DBS check being carried out.


Online DBS application

Stage 1

The University of Greenwich uses an online service approved by the Disclosure and Barring Service that enables you to submit information easily and securely. All information is dealt with in the strictest confidence and is only accessible to authorised personnel who hold responsibility for DBS checks within the University of Greenwich.

 Once you have formally been offered a role you will be sent an e-mail to the address supplied on your original application inviting you to begin your application. The e-mail will contain your username and password and a link to the University of Greenwich online DBS processing site. At this stage you should provide your personal details and select which identity documents you will be submitting in support of your application.

Stage 2

Your application will not be processed further until the documents you selected in support of your application have been verified by HR staff.

In order to have your documents verified, you will need to contact the HR Recruitment and Operations team, to arrange a date and time for you to bring your documents in.

 Please note we will not accept photocopies of documents.

Stage 3

Once we have verified your identity documents, an e-mail will be sent to you. This e-mail will invite you to complete the DBS Disclosure application online.

 Before you begin, please click on the 'Service Agreement' link at the top. You must complete all sections marked with an asterisk and any others which are relevant.

If you have ever changed your name or used other names you must provide details of this.

If you have not lived at your current address for 5 years, you will be asked to include your full address history going back 5 years.

Once you have completed all the required sections click 'Submit Application'.

Stage 4

Once your application has been fully completed the HR Department will carry out a final check. We will contact you if there are any questions or issues.

Stage 5

Your DBS application will then be sent for processing. It is your responsibility to contact the DBS if your application takes longer than 60 days to complete. The DBS can be contacted on 0870 90 90 811.