Levels of DBS Check

Eligibility is determined based upon the duties of the position

Levels of DBS Check

Care Check provides three levels of DBS check which correspond to the type of job an applicant is looking to fulfil. It is a vital part of the process for those looking to start a role that involves working with children and vulnerable people. The DBS Check replaced CRB Checks when the Disclosure and Barring Service was formed in 2012.

Enhanced DBS Check

An Enhanced DBS Check looks at the complete criminal history of an individual and is a mandatory process for job roles that involve working with children and vulnerable adults in places such as care homes, hospitals and schools. This ensures those who could present a risk are prevented from working within these spaces.

What Does an Enhanced DBS Check Show?

An enhanced DBS check will show 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. It can also request information held by local police that is considered to be relevant to the role.

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 criteria for an Enhanced DBS Check is based upon the responsibilities and sector in which the role being applied for is in.
To find out who is eligible for an Enhanced Level Check should use the UK Government’s Eligibility tool: https://www.gov.uk/find-out-dbs-check

Standard DBS Check

Standard DBS check is a deep background check used by employers for applicants to see if they are suitable for the role and industry they are applying to. Standard level checks are for persons working within certain regulated positions such as financial, legal and gaming.

What Does a Standard DBS Check Show?

A standard DBS check is similar to the Enhanced check and covers checks for the PNC and shows details of spent and unspent criminal convictions, warnings, cautions and reprimands held by Police.

Who Is Eligible for a Standard DBS Check

This is dependent on the position an individual is or will be employed in. There are a few examples of roles where a standard DBS check is eligible such as:

  • Solicitor
  • Accountant
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Locksmith
  • Medical receptionist/administrator

Basic DBS Checks

A Basic level check is available to any person 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.

What Does a Basic DBS Check Show?

The Basic DBS entails a search of the PNC for all the 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?

You can apply for an Individual Basic DBS Check or request one for an applicant if they meet the following requirements:

  • 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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