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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

If you intend to conduct research which involves direct contact with children and vulnerable adults, you may be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

There is plenty of information available within the University pages for both staff and students. If you are unsure whether you need a DBS check for your research, speak to your Supervisor, PI, Department Administrator or Ethics Officer in your Department.

The following pages provide helpful information:

For all students, including a guide to completing the application form and FAQ's:
https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/new-students/rules-and-legal-compliance/disclosure-and-barring-service

For graduate students, including FAQ's and details of the Research Passport (specifically for carrying out research in the NHS):
https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/dbs 

For staff:
https://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/policies-procedures/children-and-vulnerable-adults-safeguarding-policy/identifying-required-checks-0