enhanced dbs checks

The majority of people are familiar with the term “DBS Check”. The Disclosure and Barring Service check allows employers to ensure the credibility of potential employees by checking their criminal history for cautions, warning, reprimands and convictions.

There are three levels of DBS checks available to employers: basic, standard and enhanced. However, when would the most in-depth “Enhanced DBS Check” be required and what information does it show to a potential new employer?

What Does An Enhanced DBS Check Show?

An Enhanced DBS check shows full details of a person’s criminal record such as cautions, reprimands, warnings, spent and unspent convictions. The check also searches the DBS Children’s Barred List or the DBS Adult First checks to ensure the applicant is suitable for working with children or vulnerable adults. Local Police can also add any information about a person that is relevant to their application.

For each conviction, the following information is included:

  • Date of conviction
  • Court details
  • Offence details
  • Date of offence
  • Sentence given 

In addition to this, the police hold the right to include any additional information held on file which they see as relevant to the check.

As mentioned, as well as being an in-depth criminal record check, the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check ensures that the applicant is not listed on the Children’s Barred List or the DBS Adults Barred List.

Which Jobs Require An Enhanced DBS Check?

An Enhanced DBS check is required for any role included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. These include but are not limited to:

  • Roles working in close proximity with children and vulnerable adults
  • Teachers
  • Foster Carers
  • Carers
  • NHS Professionals

While the above may be among the most common roles which require an Enhanced DBS check, any role which involves engaging in regular activity with children or vulnerable adults may result in an employer or voluntary organisation carrying out an enhanced check to ensure you are not barred from working with children, vulnerable adults or both.

Do DBS Checks Show Cautions?

A question that is often asked is ‘do DBS checks show cautions?’ In short, all Disclosure and Barring Service checks will display any unspent convictions or cautions.
However a caution may be
filtered during the DBS check process, meaning that they will not appear. In previous years, all convictions and cautions were displayed on your DBS check before the law changed in 2013.

There are certain types of conviction or caution that will be filtered and so won’t appear on your DBS check. Meanwhile, there are certain offences that will always appear (click here for the list). For all other cautions, whether or not they appear on your DBS certificate is dependent on a variety of factors.

Who Can Apply For An Enhanced DBS Check?

An individual cannot apply for an enhanced check on themselves. An employer must request an enhanced check if the role applied for is eligible. For example, an enhanced check cannot be taken on a retail or office worker if their environment does not include children or vulnerable adults. An employer must also seek consent before applying for an enhanced check on an individual.

If you are unsure of the level of DBS check required for a role or 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.