Criminal Background Checks

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The type of criminal background check you are able to undertake will depend on the nature of the position and the profession/industry within which your employees operate, as per the terms of the Exceptions Order under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

There are three levels of criminal record checks in the UK (Basic Disclosure, Standard Disclosure or Enhanced Disclosure) and our expert team is able to advise you on the appropriate level of disclosure for your candidates.

We offer

  • expert knowledge and advice on appropriate level of UK and international criminal record checks
  • an enhanced candidate experience by providing advice and support to candidates in relation to the information and documents required
  • crosschecking of all documentation against supplied candidate data to ensure complete accuracy
  • a highly trained team to handle all information in a sensitive manner
  • online integration with the service provider which allows for fastest available turnaround times
  • immediate communication of any adverse information
  • rigorous quality control checks to ensure accuracy of final reports

UK criminal record checks

Basic Disclosure

This level of criminal record check can be performed for all employees regardless of their job role or function.

This check searches the Police National Computer for any convictions that are not considered spent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The Basic Disclosure certificate will detail any unspent convictions or it will state there is nothing to disclose.

Basic Disclosure results are usually returned within 5-10 business days. However this can vary depending on service levels of the provider.

DBS Checks – Standard and Enhanced Disclosure

Standard and Enhanced Disclosures help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Standard Disclosure

This level of criminal record check is only available for certain job roles and individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria as laid out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Further guidance on eligibility can be found here.

The Standard Disclosure result provides information on convictions, both spent and unspent, together with details of cautions, reprimands or any final warnings on a person’s record.

Standard Disclosure results can be returned in as little as 3 -10 business days. However this can vary depending on service levels of the provider.

Enhanced Disclosure

This level of criminal record check is only available for certain job roles typically those involving work with children and vulnerable adults and individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria as laid out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The Enhanced Disclosure certificate provides information on convictions, both spent and unspent, together with details of cautions, reprimands or any final warnings on a person’s record and other police intelligence deemed relevant to particular roles.

Depending on the position applied for the Enhanced Disclosure will included a check of the DBS children barred list and adult barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure the candidate is not barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

International Criminal Record Checks

Our extensive global knowledge means we can provide you with advice on the availability of those international criminal checks meeting local regulations and compliance. The process, turnaround time and cost will vary between countries.

For further information about our criminal background check services please contact us for more details.