Safer recruitment service

Devon County Council is a registered umbrella body and responsible organisation with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  We offer an online DBS application service for basic, standard, and enhanced level checks. We provide this service to local authorities, schools, academies, emergency services, a variety of businesses, organisations, and charities.

The Safer Recruitment Service offers a comprehensive and efficient service and is well known for its professionalism and friendly approach. Our team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the department from varying backgrounds. The department maintains a comprehensive database containing the key applicant data along with the DBS check information, which enables detailed reports and financial data to be easily accessed should customers require this. The department also provides detailed information to new customers, as well as regular communication updates on changes and new initiatives.

Confidentiality and safety are maintained - as a Local Government Authority you can have confidence in the security and professionalism of our service.

The department is primarily responsible for processing electronic (online) standard and enhanced DBS checks, but also offers additional services to our customers such as:

  • Advice, support, and guidance on the DBS application process
  • Information on eligibility for DBS checking
  • DBS First Checks and DBS Adult First Checks
  • External ID verification to comply with route 2 of the DBS process
  • Electronic (online) DBS checks

Please visit our employment check portal: