DBS checks are generally used to ensure that employers are making the right decisions during the recruitment process. Criminal record checks are especially important in finding suitable candidates to work with vulnerable groups, including children. There are three levels of DBS checks, basic, standard and enhanced. It is important to know the variation of the different levels to ensure that employees go through the right screening. In this article, we discuss the differences between these three levels.

Basic Disclosure

This is the lowest level and is available for all individuals and employers living within the UK. Basic disclosure checks a person’s criminal history, convictions and cautions from the Police National Computer (PNC). Employers from all types of industries, such as construction or hospitality, can ask for a basic disclosure to check a candidates criminal record to help them decide if a candidate is fit for a employment.

Standard DBS Check

This level is only available to employers. This means that employers have to obtain the standard DBS check on behalf of their employees. In this level, an applicant’s criminal history is checked for cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions received in England and Wales including convictions received in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Standard DBS check is required for lawyers, accountants and other positions of high responsibility. This check will ensure that employees or candidates have no prior offences such as fraud or financial misconduct.

Enhanced DBS Check

Similar to the standards DBS check, this level is only available to employers who will have to request it on their applicant’s behalf. This level basically has all the information of the standard DBS check. In addition, the enhanced DBS check also searches the DBS Children’s Barred List or the DBS Adult first. This ensures that a candidate is not barred from working with vulnerable groups.

These different levels of DBS checks address different needs. Enhanced DBS checks are needed to protect vulnerable groups by ensuring that employees who have frequent and unsupervised contact will have a clear record, so most roles in education and health care will require the Enhanced DBS Check.

A DBS check will ensure that employers are equipped with the right information to make informed decisions on who they hire. If you are an employer and still have uncertainties in what type of check your current and future employees need, we at Care Check will be glad to advise you. For your enquiries, contact us on 0333 777 8575 or email us at info@carecheck.co.uk