Standard & Enhanced DBS Checks

We can help you with your high-level checks.

If you are placing an individual in a position of trust with children and/or vulnerable adults, you may wish to obtain an Enhanced level criminal record check (DBS check). This level of check will allow an interested party (usually the employer) to request information relating to any previous spent and unspent convictions on the applicant’s criminal record. There are some further levels of check which allow additional types of information to be disclosed, such as information held on the DBS barred lists for work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults. DDC can help you determine the right level of DBS check and guide you through the application process.

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a person with a criminal record is not required to disclose any spent convictions unless the position they are applying for, or are currently undertaking, is listed as an exception under the Act. Before asking an individual to apply for a DBS disclosure, you are legally obliged to ensure you are entitled to ask for a DBS Check. If the role being offered or currently undertaken is not eligible, the final option would be to request a Basic check.

Standard level DBS checks can be obtained for positions included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Enhanced level DBS checks can be obtained for positions included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and in Police Act 1997 Regulations. The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 created a new definition for ‘Regulated Activity’. Where Regulated Activity is being undertaken by the employee a check of the Vetting and Barring Lists for working with children and/or Vulnerable Adults can be requested.

The list of specific roles eligible for these checks and different levels of DBS checks is updated periodically, so we recommend that you obtain the information directly from the DBS, via the websites on our links page. You can also email the DBS directly to check for clarification or guidance. If you are not sure about the roles that employees are undertaking or the guidance from the DBS, you can contact us directly for assistance. It is important that you ask employees for DBS checks at the correct point in any recruitment process, to ensure no employment laws are contravened.