NEW: Online Basic Criminal Record Checks
December 21st, 2017 by Matt Tuckey
DDC launch a NEW online basic criminal record checks process. No more paper forms, postal delays, photocopying documents or returned forms due to errors. Checking an employee’s or volunteer’s background is now easier than ever!
Their new online Basic criminal record checking process works along side the existing system for requesting Enhanced and Standard DBS applications. This has been tried, tested and improved over the last 8 years to make it both smooth and efficient. An applicant is guided through the process with clear and simple instructions. On completing the form and presenting DBS compliant identity documents. The system then provides full guidance on how to check identity documents and ensure the DBS requirements have been met. Full logging systems ensure that recruiting organisations can always demonstrate that a fully compliant process was followed.
Who can request a Basic criminal record check?
A Basic criminal record check can be requested by any employer or recruiting organisation regardless of role being offered. Enhanced or Standard DBS checks must be eligible under specific legislation, including working with children and vulnerable adults. Basic checks are not included in the same legislation and can be requested for any role on offer. If you are not sure on the different types of check then please read our FAQ ‘What are the different levels of Disclosure?’. Please note that if you are requesting a basic check for employment purposes you must apply to the Authority where the applicant will be working. For England and Wales this is the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), for Scotland this is Disclosure Scotland.
This level of check makes up one of the components of pre-employment checks, giving an organisation the confidence they are employing the right person. Many organisations ask new recruits for a self declaration on existing criminal convictions that they should be aware of. This is often referring to unspent criminal convictions. A basic criminal record check verifies that this information is correct, giving the requesting organisation the confidence to make the correct recruitment decision for their organisation. Companies regularly make criminal record checks part of their recruitment process to demonstrate that they are being diligent in the people they employ. For many Public Sector organisations this is a requirement under their Baseline Personnel Security Standards (BPSS) requirements.
HR personnel know recruitment is expensive and time consuming, which means making the correct decision first time is very important. Utilising a basic criminal record check can provide confidence that the right person is being placed in the right role.
What about other pre-employment checks?
There has been recent press coverage in the UK highlighting the importance of checking the identity of new employees and ensuring they have right to work in the UK. Employers can be fined up to £20,000* if they cannot show evidence that they checked and employee’s right to work in the UK. The combination of documents required for an online Basic criminal record check encompasses the list of right to work documents making the process even easier to integrate into company recruitment processes. DDC can offer full pre-employment screening in addition to criminal record checks. If you have any questions about recruitment checks please contact one of the team on 0845 644 3298 or 0116 260 3055, or use our contact DDC page.
The process for obtaining a criminal record check is now extremely simple.
Step 1: Request a check through DDC easy to use online portal
Step 2: Applicant receives an email, logs in to complete their form and then nominates identity documents
Step 3: Document are checked by answering simple questions relating to the security features and data they display
Step 4: DDC will notify you when the certificate has been issued, and if it contains content
*Information correct at time of writing taken from: https://www.gov.uk/penalties-for-employing-illegal-workers.