Restructured in 2012, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. As part of your membership with BBE, you can request DBS forms to be checked and processed by BBE without an admin (saving £12.50 per DBS form). The DBS processes volunteer forms free of charge and charges £44 for employed staff (a volunteer is someone not being paid apart from travel and other approved out of pocket expenses). You may need to check someone’s criminal record if they apply for certain jobs or voluntary work at your band and are working with children and young people. The DBS Process: Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check 1.The band gets an application form from BBE (a registered body that gives access to DBS checks). 2.The band gives the applicant the form to fill in and return to them along with documents proving their identity. 3.The band checks the documents proving the applicant’s identity. 4.The band sends the completed application form to BBE for checking. 5.Once checked and complete BBE sends the form to DBS. DBS sends a certificate to the applicant. The employer has to ask the applicant to see the certificate. A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. It is up to the band to decide if and when a new check is needed. Does your band need new DBS checks completing or old forms updating? Is it cheaper for you to become a member and use this service together with the other great benefits offered? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.