Levels of check

Eligibility is determined based upon the duties of the position

Levels of DBS Checks

Care Check provide three levels of DBS checks including an Enhanced DBS Check and each level corresponds with the type of job role the applicant will fulfil.

Enhanced DBS Check

An Enhanced DBS check is available for people working in roles that require frequent contact with children or vulnerable adults and who will be working in regulated activity within specified settings such as care homes, hospitals and schools. An enhanced DBS check will display all unspent and spent criminal convictions, warnings and reprimands and will not only be checked against the Police National Computer (PNC), but it will also be matched against the adult and children’s barred lists where applicable.
If an application is checked against the children’s barred list, a list 99 check will be completed. A list 99 check details names of all people who have been barred or restricted from working with children by The Department for Education. The application will undergo local police force checks and, in certain circumstances, the chief operating officer for the local police force may decide to disclose information regarding an applicant if they feel it is necessary for the job role. This situation can occur when an individual had previously been investigated for a crime and, due to the nature of the incident, the information is shared to make the employer aware of the situation.

Who is eligible for an enhanced level check?

Eligibility tool: https://www.gov.uk/find-out-dbs-check

Standard DBS Check

Standard level checks are for persons working within certain regulated positions such as financial, legal and gaming. This level DBS covers checks for the PNC as well as disclosing any unspent or spent convictions if applicable.

Basic DBS Checks

A Basic level check is available to any persons for any purpose – a specific job role is not a necessary requirement to obtain this level disclosure as it is a criminal record request for yourself. The Basic DBS entails a search of the PNC for all details of current convictions, but the certificate result will only reveal unspent convictions and conditional cautions. If a conviction becomes spent any time after a certificate has been issued, this will not be disclosed.

From 1st January 2018, Disclosure Scotland stopped processing checks for individuals living in the UK. Henceforth, the two types of Basic checks are as follows:

  • Basic DBS checks processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and available for applicants living or working in England or Wales.
  • Basic Scotland checks processed by Disclosure Scotland and available for applicants living or working in Scotland.

Who Can Apply For A Basic DBS Check?

  • Anyone who has lived or worked in the UK or Scotland
  • A self-employed person
  • For visa applications
  • For a Personal Liquor/ Premises Licence application
  • All employment or volunteering positions
  • Any pre-employment or recruitment vetting (written consent is needed from the employee)
  • Any landlord / letting agent tenant checking (written consent is needed from the employee)

Please note: It is the employer’s responsibility to check with authorities that this type of criminal record check is adequate for the needs of the purpose intended.

The table below highlights the contrasts in the three types of disclosures:

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