Criminal record Checks for Employers

Which criminal record Check do I need?

One of the easiest ways to find out what check is right for your staff is to check against the sector you work in and the role they perform.

What determines what check I need to apply for?

There is no eligibility requirement for a basic check. However if you are considering asking a person to apply for a standard or enhanced DBS check, as an employer, you are legally responsible for making sure the job role is eligible.

Standard level checks are only available to certain roles in the law or healthcare sector.

Employers can apply for Enhanced DBS Checks for staff working with children or vulnerable groups. Roles involving regular contact in specified settings are entitled to an enhanced check.

Am I entitled to being checked on the Barred lists?

Applicants may also be entitled to being checked for the adults or children’s barred list depending if they carry out regulated activity.

For working with children they have to meet the frequency of once a week or more.

4 or more days in a 30 day period or have overnight contact between the hours of 2am – 6am and have face to face contact.

The different levels of criminal record check

Compare criminal record checks

Disclosed records EnhancedStandardBasic
Cautions YesYesNo
Consideration Status YesYesYes
Other Relevant Information YesYesYes
Prescribed Court Orders & Sex Offenders Notification Requirements YesYesNo
Sex Offenders Notification Requirements YesNoNo
Spent convictions YesYesNo
Suitability Information YesYesNo
Unspent convictions YesYesYes

Got a question?

Here are some of the most common questions that we hear about DBS checking for employees.