A CRB Check is often referred to as Police Check and can be obtained through Personnel Checks
There are three levels of Police Check available. They are:
- Basic Disclosure (more commonly known as Criminal Convictions Certificate)
The information shown on a Police Check varies depending on the level of check requested, with the Basic Check being the lowest level and the Enhanced Check being the highest.
Basic Disclosure – (Criminal Convictions Certificate)
The Basic Disclosure Check, often termed a Criminal Convictions Certificate, searches for all convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). It is the only level of check that can be requested by an individual, but can also be arranged by companies on behalf of their employees. The check can take between 10 – 14 days to be processed.
Standard CRB Disclosure
The Standard CRB Check contains much more information than the Basic Disclosure, including details of all cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions. It can only be requested by companies on behalf of their employees, and there are strict eligibility requirements for this Standard CRB check. This check also takes roughly 2 weeks to process.
Enhanced CRB Disclosure
The Enhanced CRB Check is the highest level of criminal record check available and, like the Standard CRB Disclosure, searches for all cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions. The CRB check also contains details of any relevant, non-convictional information held by the applicants’ local police forces and also searches the children and vulnerable adults barred lists (a government database containing the details of individuals barred by law from working with children or vulnerable adults). The check is only available for companies to request on their members of staff and also has very strict eligibility criteria. The Enhanced CRB check takes between 2 – 6 weeks to process.
Stages of an Enhanced CRB Check
Stage 1 – Application Form received and validated
Stage 2 – Police National computer searched – (see below)
Stage 3 - ISA Children, ISA Adults and List 99 searched, where applicable
Stage 4 – Records held by the Police search
Stage 5 - Disclosure Printed
Stage 2 of the Police Check
Here, the details are at stage 2 are checked against the Police National Computer System.
If you have a criminal record it will be stated on your CRB Disclosure Certificate. Two copies of the CRB certificate are sent out, one copy to you at your home address and one copy to the organisation who the applicant is conducting the work on behalf of.
Having a criminal record does not automatically prevent individuals from working with an organisation; the nature of any recorded conviction is considered confidential in terms of whether such offences are relevant to the job opportunity being applied for.
To apply for a CRB Disclosure you will need to supply relevant documentation