New measures introduced in the Protection of Freedom Act 2012 include establishing the new national body, Disclosure and Barring Service, which will be launched on 1 December 2012. The new organisation will replace the existing Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
The new Body will bring in a number of changes and reforms to the existing system. This will include a reduction in the number of positions requiring checks from 9.3 million to 5 million according to a Cabinet Office progress report made in Unshackling Good Neighbours published in May 2012.
Another will be portable record checks that will allow volunteers to have a single check allowing them to work for multiple organisations. Organisations will be able to check whether new information has been recorded by the police since a certificate was issued.