Criminal Record Checks


DBS – formerly CRB

Make criminal record checks a standard part of your overall pre-employment assessment and protect your business from the inside out.

About Criminal Record Checks

At Experian, 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.

We’ll keep the process simple for you by managing the entire background checking procedure. From providing an authorised signature to initiate your request to following up contacts, we’ll ensure your application is processed quickly. By outsourcing your Criminal Record Checks, it means you can concentrate on recruiting the right candidate for the job, while we complete the checks for you in a timely, cost-effective manner.

What types of criminal record checks are there?


How can I order reports?

I am a business
I want 1-10 checks per year

Online service includes

  • Basic Criminal Record Check
  • Identity Check
  • Adverse Financial Check
  • Only £54.99 incl. VAT


I am a business
I want 11+ checks per year

Managed service includes

  • Basic, standard or enhanced Criminal Record Checks
  • Identity Check
  • Adverse Financial Checks
  • Validation Checks
  • Reference Checks
  • Contact us for bespoke service and pricing
Note: Not all employment positions are eligible for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check. To check the DBS Eligibility Guidance please click here.

Getting employees verified. We’ll keep it quick and simple.

Whoever you’re looking to employ, we’ll help you obtain the correct level of criminal record check and help you understand your responsibilities when accessing and using this information.

The need for criminal record checks is well-known by those working in restricted sectors, with mandatory checks being in place for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults, as well as candidates applying for positions involving access to sensitive data. However, employers currently only screening for permanent or senior positions could reduce risk with the introduction of extensive screening for candidates.

Average Criminal Record Check Turnaround Time

Two to four weeks is the typical UK turnaround for a criminal record check and we’ll handle every stage of the process for you. At the end of the process, you’ll receive a concise, accessible report, giving you more confidence when it comes to making recruitment decisions.

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List 99 (Childs Barring List Check)

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.

This check gives an indicative result as to whether the candidate is on the child’s barring list. If the results indicate the candidate is not on the barring list, they can immediately start a supervised role working with children.

What does a List 99 check tell you?

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.

Who is Eligible for a List 99 Check?

Not every position is eligible for a List 99 check. Only roles in the education sector involving working with children can apply. Get in touch and one of our background checking specialists will contact you to discuss your individual business needs.

List 99 Turnaround Time

Typically, a new employee in this sector would need to wait 4-6 weeks for the results of an Enhanced Criminal Record check, before they can begin a role that involves working with children.

A List 99 check has an average UK turnaround time of around four hours, giving you the information you need to onboard new recruits into supervised roles quickly, helping you to make important recruitment decisions with confidence.

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Adults First Check

An Adults First check is a simple, yet effective solution to onboard new recruits into job roles working with adults in the healthcare sector quickly.

We understand that when you are understaffed, waiting 4-6 weeks for the results of an Enhanced DBS Check means you have to really stretch resource whilst you wait to onboard new recruits.

This is why we are pleased to offer the Adults First check. A simple and effective check that means you can get new recruits into supervised vacancies quicker, with the confidence that they are lawfully able to work with adults in the healthcare sector (eligibility requirements apply).

What does an Adults First check tell you?

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 an Adults First check?

Not every position is eligible for an Adults First Check. Only roles in the healthcare sector who meet certain criteria may apply. Get in touch and one of our background checking specialists will contact you to discuss your individual business needs.

Adult First Turnaround Time

Typically, a new employee in this sector would need to wait 4-6 weeks for the results of an Enhanced DBS Check, before they can begin a role that involves working with adults. As long as the Enhanced DBS check has been ordered, an Adults First Check can be requested (eligibility requirements apply). This check has an average UK turnaround time of around 72 hours, giving you the information you need to onboard new recruits into supervised roles quickly, helping you to make important recruitment decisions with confidence.

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