The government has announced changes to the process for individuals applying for a basic criminal records check. From January 2018, applicants in England and Wales should apply directly to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a basic disclosure certificate. Previously, such applications were all handled by Disclosure Scotland, which will only deal with applications from Scotland with effect from 17 January 2018.

The DBS will also be making available a new online application form for a basic disclosure certificate.

Further information on the changes is available here.