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What are the different levels of Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 was passed to protect individuals with minor convictions, and assign a period of time that conviction information would remain on a record, before the individual was classed as rehabilitated. Once the rehabilitation period was reached (and there was no re-offence) the applicant would not need to disclose the information […]

Can I check myself or a family member?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Under the current Legislation an individual or self-employed person can not obtain an Enhanced or Standard DBS check upon themselves. Anybody can request a Basic-level Check on themselves, via DDC, the DBS or Disclosure Scotland if living in Scotland. For higher level Disclosures there must always be a third party who is either offering a […]

Differences between a Subject Access Request, a Police Certificate and a Basic Disclosure

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosures are different to “Police Checks”, which are documents issued by the Police at the request of an individual asking for a copy of any data stored on the Police National Computer about them. This information is provided under the Data Protection Act and is therefore only for the personal use of the subject and […]

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What are spent and unspent convictions?

February 13th, 2013 by Matt Tuckey

Spent convictions are those convictions that have reached a set period as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and are removed from an individual’s criminal record. Unspent convictions are those records that have not yet reached this defined time and will appear on a Basic Criminal Record Check. For exact time periods relating […]

How do I apply for a Basic Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Anyone can apply for a Basic Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland. To apply, you will be asked for a photocopy of your passport, driving licence or National Insurance number. You will not be able to proceed without supplying at least one of these pieces of information. You will also need to provide: Information from a utility […]

I work in the security industry. Do I need a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Matt Tuckey

Roles in the security industry are regulated by the Security Industry Authority and your employer should have the relevant forms for you. Open FAQ

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I work at an airport. Do I need a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Roles which involve working air-side at an airport only warrant a Basic Disclosure the same as any other role. Your employer should have a mechanism to get the Disclosure and have the airside pass issued. Where you are being asked to obtain a Basic Disclosure by the employer, they can register as a client with […]

Do I need a Disclosure for a Personal Licence (Liquor)?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Liquor licences require a Basic Disclosure which is issued by Disclosure Scotland (only) for the whole of the UK. You can apply directly to Disclosure Scotland without the need for a Registered Body (like DDC) to countersign the application. They can be contacted on 0870 609 6006. Where you are being asked to obtain a […]

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I live / work outside the UK. Can I still get a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

If you are working overseas for a UK based company we can obtain a Disclosure for you, if your employer registers with us (you can still pay for it, if that is the arrangement you prefer). Your original proof of address and proof of ID documents will need to be checked. Those that are with […]

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What is the difference between a Disclosure and a CRB / DBS Check?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

A ‘DBS check’ is the general name of the application process for checking an individuals criminal record through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This was previously called a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, however the name changed in 2012. A Disclosure is the name of the specific document issued by the DBS, Disclosure Scotland […]

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