Basic DBS Check

A Basic DBS check is a background check into criminal history in order to reveal any unspent convictions, and are available to anyone for any reason. This covers all industries.

Standard DBS Check

A standard criminal record check or Standard DBS check is suitable for certain roles. The certificate will contain details of both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings

Enhanced DBS Check

Enhanced DBS Checks are the highest level of DBS which are generally required for positions that involve working with vulnerable groups, such as children, or vulnerable adults and the elderly

What is a DBS Check?

The first thing we should do is address what the acronym DBS stands for. It stands for “Disclosure and Barring Service” – the organization that issues and processes DBS checks.

This is the vital question. To put it simply, a DBS check is a criminal record check. The DBS accesses your criminal history and creates a certificate detailing what they find if anything.

There are three kinds of DBS checks; Basic, Standard, and Enhanced. The three levels reveal different levels of information about your criminal record. An enhanced DBS check could still find something to report even if you have a clean criminal history.

Standard and enhanced DBS checks have different requirements. If the job you apply for doesn’t meet those requirements, you won’t be able to get that level of DBS check.

Basic DBS Check

Basic DBS checks are the lowest level of DBS check. This check shows if you have unspent cautions or convictions on your record. This kind of check also comes with no eligibility requirements. Anyone can have a Basic DBS check so long as they are over the age of 16.

This kind of check is also the only kind a person can take out for themselves. Standard and Enhanced DBS checks are applied for by employers.

Standard DBS Check

Standard DBS checks determine if you have any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and final warnings. You can only get one of these checks if your role is listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. The legislation is difficult to get your head around, but it basically lists the roles, professions, and activities wherein one would need to undergo a Standard DBS Check. Most of these roles involve some level of responsibility, including;

  • Barristers
  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Football stewards
  • Veterinary surgeons
  • Members of the Master Locksmiths Association

Enhanced DBS Check

Enhanced DBS Checks are the most informative. These checks look at any spent and unspent convictions, any cautions, reprimands, and final warnings like a Standard check. It also lists any relevant information held by the local police force in your area. The police could store information about you even if you don’t have a criminal record.

Only those whose professions are listed in both the ROA and the Police Act of 1997 or Police Act of 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations qualify for an Enhanced DBS Check. Jobs that require an Enhanced DBS Check typically involve vulnerable adults and children.

How to Apply for a DBS Check

Your employer will request one on your behalf if you need a Standard or Enhanced one. However,  you can get a Individual DBS check through us.

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Our Process

A quick and reliable way of submitting a DBS check on staff.

1. Register

Register your organisation within the same day, we will provide you login credentials.

2. Submit

Staff members can start submitting applications immediately. Submit bulk applications on our easy to use platform.

3. Approve

Managers or senior staff members can verify and approve the applications.

4. Results

Results will appear quickly. Sometimes as fast as 60 minutes! You can also view the results online at anytime on your portal and also receive certificate by post.

All Industries Covered

Healthcare, Retail, Education, Banking Sector, Financial, Local Authorities, Charities, Care, we cover all industries.

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