Chrysalis Courses fills you in on DBS checks

At Chrysalis Courses we do not simply just teach you about counselling and hypnotherapy and send you on your way. We also want to make sure you are on the right path after you have finished with regards to setting up your own business or going into employement.

Most employers will require that you have a DBS check before working with them.

DBS or Disclosure and Barring Service checks have replaced the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks.

Only employers can apply for a DBS check, however, as an individual you can apply for a basic disclosure.

You can apply both online and in writing (using a standard form). The cost is £25 and you can pay by either debit or credit card.

You will need to provide certain forms of identification (see list below), you can either send copies of these documents, or upload them.

You will need to provide a copy of one of the following:-


Driving licence, or

NI number

You will also need to supply a copy of:-

Information from a utility bill at your home address

Evidence of your address covering at least the previous 5 years

In total, you will need to provide 3 forms of identification, which between them must confirm your name, date of birth and current address.

Copies of your documentation can be emailed to, or posted to Disclosure Scotland, Basic EHU, PO Box 250, Glasgow G51 1YU.

A basic disclosure certificate shows either every conviction of the named person or states that no convictions have been registered.

Stating that you have a been DBS checked (providing you have been) can offer additional feelings of safety to any members of the public you may work with, particularly if you work with children or vulnerable people.

Although there is no expiry date on a DBS certificate, it is recommended that it is renewed every 1-3 years.

Further information on the DBS service can be found at

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  1. Thanks for this great info, I didn’t know about the changes from CRB checks. Will get onto this!

  2. Great info, thanks! Good to have this update as I wasn’t aware!

  3. Thanks for posting this information on the change over to DBS checks. A useful thing be able to say say you have, that you can also share with clients to give them extra confidence in you.

  4. This is really useful information, with a step by step guide on the updates / changes from CRB checks to DBS. Thank you

  5. Thanks this is a really useful post. Good to be updated as I was unaware of the changes.

  6. Very interesting article wasn’t aware it had changed
    Thank you

  7. Very interesting article wasn’t aware it had changed
    Thank you

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