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DBS Checks for employers

Why use uCheck for DBS Checks?

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About DBS Checks

What are DBS Checks?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides DBS Checks to enable employers to check prospective employees’ criminal history.

DBS Checks are designed to help employers make safe recruitment decisions and prevent people from doing work they’re unsuitable for.

What are the different levels of DBS Check?

There are three levels of check: Basic, Standard and Enhanced. The three levels have different eligibility requirements and reveal different information about the applicant.

  • Basic: A Basic Check will show any unspent convictions or conditional cautions the applicant has.
  • Standard: A Standard Check will show any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings the applicant has.
  • Enhanced: An Enhanced Check will show any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings the applicant has, as well as any other relevant information held by the applicant’s local police force.

How does the uCheck HR Platform work?


Our HR Platform is a revolutionary online DBS service that enables employers to request and track DBS Checks (as well as other pre-employment checks!) quickly and easily.

The Platform seamlessly guides users through the application process, with handy tips and guidance every step of the way.

Once you’ve registered your organisation with us, your applicants will be able to add their personal details to the system.

You’ll get an automatic email notification when it’s time to proceed to the ID check, and the Platform will prompt you through to make sure you get it right.

The DBS tracking function lets you see the status of applications at a glance, and you’ll get another automatic notification as soon as a check is complete.

The Platform is designed to make DBS online checks as quick and easy as possible – but if you have any questions our dedicated Client Support Team is only a phone call, email or live chat away!

Why get DBS Checks for your employees?

uCheck is one of the UK’s leading providers of DBS Checks for employers – but what are the benefits of getting a DBS online with uCheck?

  • Protect vulnerable people. DBS Checks are designed to prevent unsuitable candidates from working with vulnerable people. If you have employees who will be working with children or vulnerable adults, it’s essential you do everything you can to ensure the safety of those vulnerable people. DBS Checks are a vital part of the safeguarding process.
  • Avoid risk. It’s illegal to employ someone to work in regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults if they’ve been barred from doing so. Avoid risk to both your organisation and the vulnerable groups it works with by carrying out DBS Checks when required.
  • Have confidence in your employees. DBS Checks help give you peace of mind that you’re hiring the right people for the job. If your employees aren’t eligible for Standard or Enhanced Checks, Basic Checks can give you an extra level of reassurance in your job candidates.

How to apply

  • Register your organisation’s details with our simple sign-up form – it takes less than five minutes!
  • Our dedicated team will process your registration within four working hours and provide you with login credentials by email.
  • Your applicants can then access the Platform and submit their personal details.
  • The Platform will guide you through the rest of the application, including the ID check, and our Client Support Team will be on hand to help if you need it.
  • That’s it! Simply submit your application and wait for the results.

Getting the results

As soon as a check is complete you’ll receive an automatic email notification showing whether the result is clear.

The results certificate will be posted to the applicant, and you’ll be able to download an online summary as a PDF.

What happened to CRB Checks?

The DBS formed when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Previously, the CRB helped employers access criminal record information through CRB Checks, and the ISA operated barred lists containing details of people who were considered unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults.

When the DBS formed, it took over both of these functions. DBS Checks replaced CRB Checks, with barred list checks being an additional requirement for eligible candidates.

DBS Checks FAQs

As well as their personal details, including a full five-year address history, applicants will need to provide several documents as proof of identification. A full list of acceptable documents is available on the DBS website.

Yes – individuals can apply for a Basic DBS online. There are no eligibility requirements for a Basic Check, so anyone who is 16 or over can apply. If you work in England or Wales you can apply for a Basic Check through uCheck. If you work in Scotland, you’ll need to apply through Disclosure Scotland. It’s not possible for individuals to obtain Standard or Enhanced DBS Checks – only employers can apply for them on behalf of employees.

Registration is just £19.95 plus VAT. This is a one-off cost – after you’ve registered, you’ll pay for online DBS checks as and when you need them.

We complete DBS Checks within 48 hours on average. However, while the majority of DBS online checks are complete within this timeframe, some may take longer depending on how long the DBS and police take to process the application.

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