An Enhanced DBS Check searches for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings. It also searches for any additional information held by the applicants’ local police force that is reasonably considered relevant to the workforce being applied for (either adult, children, both or other).
‘Other’ workforce means those who don’t work with children or adults specifically, but potentially both, e.g taxi drivers. In this case, the police will only release information that is relevant to the post being applied for.
An unspent conviction is a conviction that is either quite recent or quite severe. It will show up on an applicant's record because it has either only just happened or it was a very severe conviction.
There is also an extended version of the Enhanced check known as ‘Enhanced DBS Check with Barred list search'. This is like the Enhanced check, but includes a check of the DBS barred lists, a list of individuals who are barred or restricted from working with either children or adults. An employer can only ask for a barred list check for specific roles. It is a criminal offence to ask for a check for any other roles.
To purchase an Enhanced DBS check online click here.