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What is a Disclosure?

A Disclosure is a document containing information held by the police and government departments. It enables organisations, including churches, to check the background of job applicants (paid or voluntary) to ensure that they do not have a history that would make them unsuitable for the post. Applicants can apply through CCPAS via either a paper or online application form.

Disclosures provide details of an individual's criminal record, including convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the police national computer (PNC). They also enable organisations to check the individual against the government’s Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS’s) barred lists for children and/or vulnerable adults. These lists might also contain information held by local police forces.

What is the DBS? What is a DBS Check?

CCPAS has produced a comprehensive document detailing what the DBS is. Previously it was called the Criminal Records Bureau or CRB. The document also shows how churches and organisations in England and Wales can obtain disclosure checks on their workers (paid and volunteers) through the CCPAS Disclosure Service.

CCPAS is registered as an ‘umbrella body' for that purpose.

Click here to download our Disclosure Service document.

For more information, please contact us on email or telephone at [email protected] (0845 120 45 50 option 1).