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The Adults Barred List – What Is It? And In What Circumstances Can You Apply For It?


In 2012 the DBS was formed.

This was the merging of the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to then become the Disclosure and Barring Service as we know it today.

When this change happened this was when the dissolve of the POVA took place, i.e. the protection of vulnerable adults and the adults barred list was formed in its place.

The adults barred list is a document exposing all individuals that are prohibited from working with known vulnerable adults and to even allow somebody to volunteer in these circumstances if they were known on the barred list is breaking the law.


The Rules

Nowadays the only way to apply for an enhanced DBS Check is through a company or registered organisations and not as an individual.

The only way to apply for the adults barred list is if you have applied for an Enhanced DBS check.

You cannot apply for an Enhanced DBS check if you just want one or think it would be beneficial for status; you have to be eligible which is the same principle for applying for the adults barred list.

Please see examples of the ways in which you would be eligible for the adults barred list check:

  • Being a healthcare professional
  • Providing health or personal care e.g. washing, dressing, helping to eat
  • Social work (Qualified)
  • Shopping or dealing with the cash and bills of a vulnerable adult
  • Providing assistance in a vulnerable adults own affairs e.g. their mental health or advocacy
  • Conveying to hospitals/healthcare facilities


There is no such rule for how many times you need to carry out the above actions in order for you to be eligible for a check with a barred list, whether it is done once or done 20 times the same rule applies that if you are doing such an act you will need a check against the adults barred list.

There is set guidelines in place to establish if someone is to be classified as a vulnerable adult.

There are a number of ways somebody could fall into this category, for example:  they are over the age of 18 and live in sheltered accommodation, receive domiciliary care or require assistant in their affairs.

They could fall into the vulnerable category due to age; disability and their mental health.

Be sure to get in touch with us if you have any further questions. You can apply for a number of DBS Checks through our simple online platform – most checks are completed within 48 hours. Get started now.

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