Safeguarding and DBS Checks

Safeguarding relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children (under 18s) and vulnerable adults and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone working at Newcastle University.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps Newcastle University make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

The DBS is responsible for processing requests for criminal records checks (DBS checks).

For further information about DBS checks please see the documents listed below. If you have a specific query, please contact your local HR Manager or Adviser.

DBS Process Flow Chart (PDF, 89KB)


Protection of Under 18s and Vulnerable Adults (Student Wellbeing site)


Policy Statement Secure Storage, Retention and Disposal of Disclosure Information (PDF, 68KB)

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

Policy Statement on the Recruitment of ex-offenders (PDF, 239KB)

Recruitment of Staff Exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (PDF, 253KB)