Sector Specific DBS Webinars

In partnership, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) have hosted six sessions since July 2023 to colleagues within their HR/People teams and Safeguarding teams.

At the recent NFCC Autumn Conference, NFCC’s strategic lead for safeguarding referred to the significant amount of work and engagement with Fire and Rescue Services (FRSs) who have already attended a webinar. Furthermore, the presentation centred on strategic responsibilities and the corporate risks associated to legislative change, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions). Legislative change commenced in July 2023, enabling FRSs to be eligible for a standard DBS check for employees of their service, including volunteers.

NFCC have been working hard to ensure that practitioners within fire and rescue services fully understand the different levels of DBS checks that can be applied for. The NFCC Safeguarding Board subsequently agreed that additional webinars should be made available to strategic leads to understand both the legal and moral duties pertained to legislative change.

Following the six practitioner webinars, we will be hosting further webinars for Fire Chiefs and individuals who hold corporate risk and responsibility within their Service (usually an SLT member and above) to learn more about the DBS, how the legislation works and the legal position in regard to appropriate levels of DBS checks fire and rescue services can request for employees and volunteers.

The webinar, which will also host regional DBS colleagues will cover:

  • The role of the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • The different levels of DBS checks that can be applied for
  • Legal and moral duties
  • Joint DBS eligibility checks guidance
  • DBS Barring List

To book your space, please visit this Eventbrite link and select an appropriate date for attendance: Eventbrite | Understanding DBS Checks for Fire Service Roles.

There will also a chance to submit questions in advance by email to

We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to having you join us.