What are DBS Checks?
The DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) was formed after the merge of the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) as a means for employers to make informed and safe recruitment decisions. Carrying out DBS checks allows businesses to safeguard their organisation by preventing unsuitable candidates from working with vulnerable people.
There are 3 different levels of Criminal Record Check;
What is a Basic Disclosure DBS check?
A Basic Disclosure check is available to anyone living in the United Kingdom. It searches the Police National Computer (PNC) to check for any unspent convictions on an applicant’s criminal history, allowing them to present to an employer in order to make an informed hire. Both individuals and employers can request Basic Disclosure DBS checks.
What is a Standard DBS check?
A Standard check is processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service. It searches an applicant’s criminal history to identify any convictions, both spent and unspent, cautions, warnings and reprimands. This level of check is only available for employers to obtain on behalf of their employees.
Enhanced DBS (CRB) Check
This level of 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 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 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.