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ELMS Disclosure & Barring Service

files_5An increasing number of individuals and organisations are now required by law to have Standard and Enhanced Disclosures before they can work with children and vulnerable groups.


ELMS Criminal Records Agency (ECRA) is a social enterprise organisation - one of the few non- commercial Umbrella Bodies of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). You can choose to access CRB services by contacting us direct to access our personal service or by using the electronic process. We work closely with the CRB to ensure that you will benefit from the quickest possible turnaround of your Disclosure applications.


ELMS CRA has extensive experience in managing this process for the health, social care and education sectors. Whether you want a single Disclosure, or a service to manage a requirement of thousands for your organisation, ELMS CRA has the best solution for you.

To enquire about or apply to ELMS Criminal Records Agency for a CRB please contact Levis Springer

Telephone: 01254 752100 or email:


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the service for?

ELMS Criminal Records Agency (ECRA) is an unrestricted Umbrella Body of the CRB and can provide services to the public and private sector including: Social Service and Education Departments, NHS Health Trusts, District Councils, Independent Schools, Residential/Nursing Homes, Ofsted registered Day Care Providers and all other occupations which involve working with, or having access to, children, the elderly and other vulnerable people.

How long does the process take?

We offer an efficient and thorough service and forward all correctly completed application forms to the CRB within 24 hours of receipt from the applicant. Enhanced Disclosures take approximately six weeks to complete. Final Disclosure information will be passed to the client within 24 hours of receipt and there is a dedicated help line for all queries.

How do I register to receive an application pack?

Please contact ELMS′s dedicated helpline by calling 01254 752100.  Alternatively you can email us at with details of your specific requirements.

How much does it cost to use the service?

Please contact ELMS′s dedicated helpline by calling 01254 752100.  Alternatively you can email us at with details of your specific requirements.

Why should I use ELMS Criminal Records Agency?

ELMS is an Umbrella Body of the Criminal Records Bureau and operates within the CRB Code of practice.  We have established processes and quality control measures to ensure applications are processed quickly and in confidence.

What is an Umbrella Body?

Umbrella Bodies perform similar functions to Registered Bodies by countersigning applications on behalf of organisations who, for whatever reason, cannot adhere to the Code of practice or do not wish to be a Registered Body but are entitled to use the service.  Please note that the CRB may de-register smaller registered bodies in the near future.

Where can I get further information about the Criminal Records Bureau?

For further information go to

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