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The Disclosure and Barring Service allows organisations to make safer recruitment decisions by offering a means to check the background of applicants to ensure that they do not have a history that would make them unsuitable for posts they are trying to fill.  Disclosures will provide details of a person’s criminal record including convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer (PNC).

If you are applying for a position that involves working with the vulnerable, the Disclosure will also contain details from lists held by the the Disclosure and Barring Service of those considered unsuitable for this type of work.  You will need to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure, when requested to do so by the University,  as the course you will undertake involves a degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults.  This includes a check on local police records, where additional information relevant to your course may be released by the Chief Police Officer for inclusion within the Enhanced Disclosure.

You do not need to apply for a Disclosure until you have been instructed to do by the University.

For more information on other FAQs on how to complete your application DBS form.


The Disclosure application online process must be completed before you attend a signing session and as soon as possible.  Failure to complete the process will delay your enrolment and may have serious consequences for your continued registration and studies at the University of Chester.  You must bring your chosen ID documents with you to a DBS signing session, for checking and verification.

Your guarantee of a place at the University of Chester remains provisional pending a receipt of both satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health clearance through the University.  These conditions remain in place irrespective of whether you have enrolled or commenced studies.  The University may withdraw the offer of a place, or terminate studies, if information comes to light that may have a bearing on your suitability to work with Children or Vulnerable Adults or you fail to meet the necessary suitability requirements for admission.

The dates, time & venue of sessions can be found on the University DBS Signing Session Page and in your induction handbook.  Please note that it is imperative that you attend one of these sessions.  Failure to do so may result in serious implications for your continued enrolment on the programme.  This process MUST be completed before the commencement of your studies.  You must complete the application on-line and pay for your check before attending a signing session.

Applicants for positions of employment should contact Human Resources to arrange a DBS signing session.

Complete your online DBS application form

Pay for your DBS check


Once you have received the email from the University informing you that your DBS application has been sent to the DBS you are recommended to subscribe to the DBS Update Service.

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