At Experian, we are one of the UK’s leading processors of Criminal Record Checks. Our background checking service offers full criminal record checking and is registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) – and Disclosure Scotland.


What is a Criminal Record Check?

Depending on the type of check, a criminal record check can contain details of any unspent or spent convictions a candidate may have, helping employers to make a decision as to whether the candidate poses any potential risks.


Why do I need to conduct a Criminal Record Check?

Whilst Criminal Record checks are mandatory for some positions, employee fraud runs a very real risk of damaging the integrity and reputation of any business. Carrying out Criminal Record checks on employees before they start working with you can help you get a full view of each candidate to help protect your business, employees and customers from risk.


What types of Criminal Record Checks are there?

We offer 5 types of Criminal Record Checks:

Basic Disclosure – A Basic Disclosure will contain details of any unspent convictions a candidate might have. Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, most convictions are considered to be ‘spent’ after a certain period of time, and if no further offence has taken place. This period is different dependant on where in the UK you are, with Scotland convictions being seen as spent after 5 years, and England/Wales spent after a single year.

When requesting a Basic Disclosure Check, you must take into consideration where the majority of a role will be based, as you will need to order the check relevant for that location (i.e. if the role is based mainly in Edinburgh, with some work in Leeds, you would need a Scottish Disclosure Check.)

 

Standard DBS – A Standard DBS check will contain details of any spent and unspent convictions enabling you to make a more informed decision as to whether or not the candidate poses any potential risks.

A Standard DBS Check also includes all cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer in England and Wales and may also include most of the relevant convictions in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This level of check will also reveal if the candidate appears on government department lists of people who are deemed unsuitable to work with children.

 

Enhanced DBS – Enhanced DBS Checks are complete criminal history checks and are a mandatory screening process for positions involving work with children and vulnerable adults, to ensure that anyone who presents a known risk to vulnerable groups is prevented from working with them.

In addition to the information included in the Standard Check, an Enhanced DBS Check includes a consultation of the new lists of individuals considered unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults. The police will also check for any additional information held in their files that might be relevant to the position being applied for. It is then up to the police to decide what extra information is added to the report.

 

List 99 – A List 99 check (also known as a Childs Barring List check) is a standalone check that can be conducted on candidates wishing to work in the education sector. Typically, all roles in the education sector require an Enhanced DBS Check to be conducted on each new employee, before they commence employment. A List 99 check is a simple, yet effective solution to get new recruits in the education sector into roles before the results of an Enhanced DBS check have been received.

A List 99 check confirms whether the candidate is on the list of individuals considered unsuitable to work with children. If the results confirm that the candidate is not on the list they can then start working in the education sector immediately, as long as they are supervised.

 

Adults First – Typically, roles in the healthcare sector require the results of an Enhanced DBS Check to be received on each new employee, before they commence employment. If eligible, an Adults First check can be carried out once an Enhanced DBS Check has been ordered, to give a preliminary result as to whether the candidate is able to start employment before the DBS results are received. Meaning you can onboard candidates faster.

An Adults First check confirms whether the candidate is on the DBS Adults Barred list (a list of individuals considered unsuitable to work with adults). If the results confirm that the candidate is not on the list, they can then start working in the sector immediately, if they are supervised


Who is eligible for a Criminal Record Check?

 

A Basic Disclosure is available for any role and is not restricted by industry sector. To be eligible for a Standard DBS checks the position must be included in the ROA 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Generally speaking, this includes roles in the financial and security sectors, but a more detailed guide can be found here.

Not every position is eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check. Any role that involves regular contact with vulnerable groups will require an Enhanced Criminal Record Check. A detailed guide to the eligible roles can be found here.

Not every position is eligible for a List 99 or Adults First check. Only roles in the education sector involving working with children can apply for a List 99 check and only roles in the healthcare sector who meet certain criteria may apply for an Adults First Check.

Get in touch and one of our background checking specialists will contact you to discuss your individual business needs.


 

How can I order reports?

Online Service

You process the checks yourself using our online vetting management system.

 

  • For businesses
  • Suitable for 1-10 checks per year
  • Only £54.99 for:
    • Basic Criminal Record Checks
    • Identity Check
    • Adverse Financial Check

Managed Service

We manage the full vetting process and background checking for you.

 

  • For businesses
  • For 11+ checks per year
  • Checks include:
    • Basic, Standard or Enhanced Criminal Record Checks
    • Identity Check
    • Adverse Financial Checks
    • Validation Checks
    • Reference Checks

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We work with you to integrate our data and system with yours.

 

  • For businesses
  • Checks include:
    • Basic, Standard or Enhanced Criminal Record Checks
    • Identity Check
    • Adverse Financial Checks
    • Validation Checks
    • Reference Checks

Note: Not all employment positions are eligible for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check. To check the DBS Eligibility Guidance please click here

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