Update Service from the DBS

About Disclosures

Disclosures are the final result of criminal record checks. This page provides some information on the document and its proper use.

“Disclosures” are documents issued by either the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI that contain information regarding an individuals criminal history. The information contained on a Disclosure is provided by the Police or a number of other government departments.

It is intended that the document is used by employers to make safer recruitment decisions. A Disclosure can therefore be used to verify an individual’s response to the question “Do you have a criminal record?”

Disclosures can contain information regarding an individual’s criminal record, including spent and unspent convictions, whether a person is listed on a children’s or adult’s barring list. The Disclosure may also contain any other information that a local police force or government body feel is relevant. Disclosures that are requested on individuals that have no criminal record will confirm that fact.

Basic, Standard and Enhanced Disclosures requested for employees located in England and Wales are issued by the DBS. Basic, Standard, Enhanced and PVG checks for Scottish residents are issued by Disclosure Scotland. Basic, Standard and Enhanced checks for Northern Irish residents are issued via Access NI.


Disclosure Summary Table:

Information Included:BasicStandardEnhanced
Unspent ConvictionsYYY
Spent ConvictionsNYY
Inclusion on children’s lists (where relevant to role)NNY
Inclusion on adult’s lists (where relevant to role)NNY


The DBS will only issue a single Disclosure Certificate direct to the applicant as their personal information. The employer will then need to request that the applicant presents this Certificate, to confirm if and what the content is. Using eBulk the Registered Body will be told if there is content on the Certificate (but not what that content is). Our system is designed to inform the named Recipient if and when a Disclosure has content, to make the process of viewing it as easy as possible. As an additional service we can obtain this for Clients and securely relay the information to the named Recipient.

*Please note the Disclosure types are subject to the ‘Filtering Rules’ as introduced by legislation on the 28th May 2013.