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Disclosure and Barring Service

Anyone who works with children of any age in the UK may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which used to be called a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

A DBS check has no official expiry date. Any information included will be accurate at the time the check was carried out. However, as a general rule, if your certificate is older than 6 months and you are asked to provide it, you will probably have to apply for a new one.

Having a DBS check certificate to show to prospective clients may help ease their minds if they want you to work with their children.

Unfortunately, as a hypnotherapist, you can't request one - then again in England nobody can get a personal DBS check.

In Scotland you can get a ‘basic disclosure’ with details of any unspent convictions from Disclosure Scotland which apparently covers anywhere in the UK.

On scouring the Internet we have discovered a multitude of sites that offer - for a fee - to get you a personal DBS check.

However, we don't know if they can deliver on their promises or which is the best one to use.

So if you do require any further details then have a look at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check before you make a decision.

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