Enhanced and Standard Criminal Record Checks

Enhanced Criminal Record Checks

Though they are required for numerous roles, it is still possible for candidates to avoid an Enhanced DBS Check through providing false or misleading information in an application. For that reason, you could carry out an Experian Identity Check before undertaking any Criminal Record Checks.

What does an Enhanced DBS Check tell you?

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.

Who is eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check?

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.


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Turnaround time

Enhanced Criminal Record Checks are sourced from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and have an average UK turnaround time of around three to six weeks, but the process might be subjected to seasonal delays.


Standard Criminal Record Checks

Though a Standard DBS Check is a required step in safeguarding your employees and clients from potentially dangerous or fraudulent individuals, candidates can avoid a check through supplying false or misleading information. For that reason, you could carry out an Experian Identity Check before undertaking any Criminal Record Checks.

Who is eligible for a Standard DBS Check?

Not every position is eligible for a Standard DBS Check. To be eligible, 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.

What does a Standard DBS Check tell you?

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA), most convictions are considered to be ‘spent’ after a certain period of time, and if no further offence has taken place. This period of time depends on the severity of the conviction. Whilst Basic Disclosures will only list unspent convictions, a Standard DBS Check will also list spent convictions. They therefore allow 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.

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