Frequently Asked Questions
What is a DBS Check?
Who needs a DBS Check?
What are the different types of Criminal Records Checks?
- Basic Disclosure
- Standard DBS Check
- Enhanced DBS Check
- Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List checks
What is a Standard DBS Check?
What are the DBS Barred Lists?
How much do DBS checks cost?
- Basic Disclosure – £29.80-£35.40 inc VAT
- Standard DBS Check– £30.80 – £36.40 inc VAT
- Enhanced DBS Check – £48.80 – £54.40 inc VAT
How long do DBS checks take?
What’s the best way to contact the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)?
What happened to CRB Checks?
Who can request a DBS Check?
What is a Basic Disclosure?
A Basic Disclosure is a background check that will show all unspent convictions. It can be requested by an individual, or by a potential employer with the applicant’s permission. If you are an individual living or working in England & Wales and you wish to apply for a Basic DBS Check for yourself, you can find out more information about Basic Checks and how to obtain them – here.
If you’re an employer seeking to perform Basic DBS Checks on your employees please visit our employer Basic Checks page for more information and to sign up to our simple platform.
What is an Enhanced DBS Check?
What is filtering?
Who pays for DBS checks?
How long do DBS Checks last?
What’s the best way to contact the Disclosure Scotland (DS)?
Can we request DBS Checks?
Are DBS Checks a legal requirement?
Can an individual start work before they receive their DBS certificate?
However, employers providing care services for adults, in a care home for example, can make use of a service called DBS Adult First. The DBS Adult First Check can be requested, at an additional cost, at the time of applying or retrospectively once the application is processing. This check can only be completed if the applicant is in a regulated activity with vulnerable adults. Within a couple of days, this check will indicate whether an applicant can start work in a supervised position (no match found), whether the potential employer should wait for the results of an Enhanced check (please wait) the certificate has already been printed. If a ‘please wait’ result comes through, it does not mean that the applicant is definitely on the Adults’ Barred List, this simply means that the check has proved inconclusive and that employers should exercise caution by waiting for the full Disclosure Certificate. DBS Adult First checks should be used only in exceptional circumstances and when absolutely necessary.
Which applicants do we need to check?
Can an applicant fail a DBS Check?
Can I sign my potential employees/volunteers up for the DBS Update Service?
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