Enhanced DBS checks

DDC’s advanced online platform provides a secure, reliable and compliant process to request enhanced DBS checks on your staff or volunteers. The online system provides a quick and easy process saving your organisation time and resource. 

Who can request an Enhanced DBS check?

The Enhanced check is for roles included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 plus the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations. The enhanced check is designed for organisations placing individuals in a position of trust with children and/or adults. If the role does not fall within these requirements then an employing/recruiting organisation must not request an enhanced level check, but may wish to opt for a standard or basic level check. Common roles eligible for an enhanced DBS check include:

  • Teachers and school staff
  • Doctors, Nurses and Carers
  • Volunteering with children
  • Contractors on school site
  • Dentists

How much does an Enhanced DBS check cost?

The DBS fee for an enhanced check is £40.00 for individuals who are performing a paid role. If you are checking a volunteer, the DBS do not charge an application fee. 

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What is disclosed on an Enhanced DBS check?

An enhanced DBS check will show details of any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC), plus a check of the records held by the local police force where an applicant has resided*. An additional check of the barred list can be requested for individuals who are working or volunteering in regulated activity with children and/or vulnerable adults.  

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The information disclosed on an individual’s certificate is also subject to the DBS filtering rules which removes old and minor conviction information, within set time-frames. 

How long does an Enhanced DBS check take?

Enhanced DBS check on average are returned within 8 days, with 67% being returned within less than 5 working days. 

How to apply for an Enhanced DBS check?

If you require enhanced checks for your employees or volunteers, register your organisation with DDC. Our system is flexible and can be tailored to accommodate your requirements. Once registered, you can request and manage your DBS applications via your personal DDC Client Area. DDC provide you with fast reliable results helping you make safer recruitment decisions.

Do you require bulk processing?

If you require a bulk of enhanced DBS checks or high-volume processing, please speak to one of our experts to discuss your requirements in more detail. 0116 260 3055 | 0845 644 3298 or newenquiries@ddc.uk.net.

*Please note that any local police force has the right to send application details to another local police force if they believe they may hold information relevant to the application.