Employers can check criminal records in all roles. This is called a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
For certain roles an employer can request a more detailed DBS check, for example if you’ll be working with children or adults at risk . The government website has a guide to the process of obtaining a disclosure, including managing sensitive situations. An up to date link is here
Refer to the government guidance about eligibility for different checks updated February 2020 There is also a handy online tool
Types of Disclosure available
- Basic check, shows unspent convictions and conditional cautions
- Standard check, shows any spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings
- Enhanced check, shows the same as a standard check plus any information held by local police that’s considered relevant to the role
- Enhanced check with barred lists, which also includes whether the person is barred from doing the role
Obtaining a Disclosure
Complete an online or paper form from the employer or a ‘responsible organisation’.
Mistakes and errors can cause delay. It includes proof of documents which prove identity. Send it to the Registered Body, there may be a charge involved.
Basic check If the level required for your role is ‘basic’, an individual can request their own basic check. It costs £23. They can then show it to the people they’ll be working for. Basic checks take up to 14 days.
Standard or Enhanced Disclosures
Enhanced and standard checks usually take around 8 weeks. It may take shorter or longer, depending on the type of check and which police forces need to be involved in the check. You can track DBS check applications online.