An Enhanced DBS check (formerly known as an Enhanced CRB check) is the highest level of criminal record check and is used for roles working with children and vulnerable adults. It will contain the same PNC (Police National Computer) information as a Standard Disclosure, but also includes a check of police records held locally and information held by the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
One list holds information on individuals who are unsuitable for working with children, the other on those who are unsuitable for working with vulnerable adults. Individuals placed on either list are not allowed to work with the relevant group. An individual can be on both lists.
Enhanced Disclosures are also required in other situations such as judicial appointments and gaming or lottery licences, for example.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (previously the Criminal Records Bureau) recognises that Enhanced Disclosure information can be extremely sensitive and personal, and therefore it has published a Code of Practice and employers' guidance for recipients of Disclosures to ensure they are handled fairly and used properly.
It has now been replaced by the Vetting & Barring Scheme (VBS), which is managed by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).