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Enhanced DBS Checks
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Enhanced DBS Checks

Businesses like yours can benefit from our brilliant online enhanced DBS checks service. Simply register your business with us, and you’ll only be charged for individual checks as and when you request them – there are no upfront minimums or contractual tie-ins.

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DBS Fee £38.00 £38.00 £38.00 £38.00 £38.00 £38.00
uCheck Fee (inc VAT) £15.70 £14.70 £13.20 £11.80 £9.90 £7.40
Total £53.70 £52.70 £51.20 £49.80 £47.90 £45.40

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uCheck Facts: Enhanced DBS

We usually complete checks within 48 hours - our quickest turnaround for an Enhanced Check to date is just 61 minutes!

Enhanced DBS Checks

An Enhanced DBS Check is a type of criminal record check that shows any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands the applicant has – as well as any other relevant details held by the applicant’s local police force. They are the highest level of DBS Checks available, and they provide an excellent basis of information for you as an employer to thoroughly vet applicants for roles you advertise.

What shows up on a check?

An Enhanced Disclosure may also include a check of the children’s and/or adults’ barred list if the applicant is eligible. Where necessary, police forces can also provide information about an applicant that may provide a good reason for inclusion. Essentially, the process aims to identify people who are not suitable for the vacancy or industry that they’re applying to work in. Police chiefs are responsible for what details are listed on an enhanced DBS certificate, with due consideration given to the job type and job role.

How long does the process take?

On average, Enhanced DBS Checks usually take around 14 days to be completed. However, applying for your check online can speed up the process, avoiding any delays or losses that may occur with postal applications. How long does a DBS check take? At uCheck, we usually complete Enhanced DBS checks within 48 hours – our quickest turnaround to date is just 61 minutes!

Who’s eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check?

To be eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check, the applicant’s role, profession or licence must be listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If the applicant’s position doesn’t appear in this piece of legislation then this could mean:

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Who needs an Enhanced DBS Check?

Eligibility for an Enhanced DBS Check may also be determined by the applicant’s place of work or the type of industry they work within.

If the applicant works within one of the below establishments once a week, or three times within 30 days, they’ll require an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Some roles may also require the applicant to undergo a barred list check. This will be the case if the applicant engages in regulated activity with vulnerable adults and/or children – for example, by providing healthcare or personal care. Full definitions of regulated activity with children and adults are available on the DBS website.

Apply for an Enhanced DBS Check

To apply for an Enhanced DBS check online is simple. We streamline the process for you, courtesy of our HR Platform that guides you through the application. Our system is designed for the benefit of you as an employer, thanks to our secure online platform. Before commencing with your application, ensure you have some or all of the following documentation at hand: 

  • A valid passport or driving licence with the applicant’s date of birth stated
  • National Insurance number 
  • Utility bill 
  • Bank statement 
  • Mortgage statement 
  • Credit card statement 

Our HR Platform will guide you through the application, prompting you to check that all applicant data is correct and the correct identity documents have been provided. Once you’ve applied, our uCheck countersignatories will review it to make sure the applicant meets the eligibility criteria for a DBS Enhanced Check before submitting it to the DBS.

This helps to minimise delays as it means the DBS is less likely to query applications during the vetting process. It also ensures that you’re applying for the correct type of check for the person in question. It’s illegal for an employer to obtain a higher level of check than an applicant is eligible for. Discover more about the latest changes to Enhanced DBS Checks applications

What are the benefits of using uCheck for Enhanced DBS Checks online?

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Applying for a Check online through our HR Platform brings a host of benefits, including:

  • A dedicated, UK-based Client Support Team to guide you throughout the application process.
  • A walk-through video to help you familiarise yourself with our Platform and its services.
  • A secure Platform built in line with the latest DBS Guidance to give you peace of mind.
  • The online tracking function allows you to quickly check the status of your applications.
  • Downloadable online summary results for your Enhanced DBS Checks with a few clicks.
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Enhanced DBS Checks FAQs

Unfortunately, an individual can’t obtain their own Standard or Enhanced DBS Certificate. The application must be submitted on your behalf by the employer or agency you’re working for.

The DBS provides a full list of ID documents that can be accepted in support of an application.

They can include details of all convictions, under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA). The following types of convictions will be disclosed on an enhanced DBS check:

  • Spent convictions
  • Unspent convictions
  • Minor cautions
  • Warnings
  • Reprimands
  • Checks against ISA-barred lists

As the employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure you obtain the correct level of disclosure for the role the applicant will be undertaking. If the applicant fails to meet the legislative requirements, you cannot obtain one for them, as it is illegal to do so for individuals who are not eligible.

Yes – you can obtain one for an applicant who currently lives overseas, as long as they will be working in a role in the UK for which an Enhanced DBS Check is required. As a DBS Check will only check UK databases, a certificate of good conduct may also be required from the country they have been living in.

Applying with uCheck couldn’t be easier. Simply follow these steps: 

  • Register your business on the uCheck platform.
  • Enter the required applicant details accurately.
  • Pay the necessary fees securely.
  • Once submitted, the Enhanced DBS Check is usually completed within 48 hours, and your results along with the Enhanced DBS check certificate can be accessed through the uCheck platform.

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