CRB Checks

CRB Checks are a helpful tool to enable employers make safe recruitment decisions and to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups.

What is a CRB Check?

Criminal Records Bureau Checks are carried out on employees to ensure they are legally allowed to carry out their job role. They search the applicants’ criminal record history in order for the employer to make a sound recruitment decision based on the information found on the CRB Check.

The CRB Code of Practice and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act states that employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees with criminal background and must treat applicants fairly. Employers should make a recruitment decision based on whether any criminal information presented to them is relevant to the job the applicant will be carrying out. 

There are 3 different levels of Criminal Record Check;

Basic Disclosure

Available to both individuals and employers, this is processed by a Government organisation called Disclosure Scotland and searches an applicants’ criminal history for any ‘unspent convictions’. Please note; a Basic Disclosure is available for anybody living within the UK.

Standard CRB Check

This form of check is processed by the Criminal Records Bureau and searches the applicants’ criminal history for any cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions (both spent and unspent).

This level of check is only available for employers to obtain on behalf of their employees.

Enhanced CRB Check

This level of CRB Check is also processed by the Criminal Records Bureau and this too searches the applicants’ criminal history for any cautions, warnings, reprimands or convictions (both spent and unspent).

Moreover, the Enhanced CRB Check also searches the children and vulnerable adults ‘barred lists’ to see if the applicant is barred from working with those groups.

There is also an area within the Enhanced CRB Check process where local police can add any relevant information they may hold about the applicant.

This level of check is only available for employers to obtain on behalf of their employees.