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What does a DBS Check show?

Each DBS Check will show different criminal record information depending on the level of check required for the applicant, we offer 3 different types of DBS Checks (Basic, Standard and Enhanced) which will reveal the following: 

Basic DBS Check
This level of DBS Check will search an individual’s criminal history, showing any unspent convictions or conditional cautions* the applicant may have.


Standard DBS Check

This will check an applicant’s criminal history for cautions*, warnings* and reprimands* as well as spent and unspent convictions*.

An employer may perform this check on an employee’s behalf (with the applicant’s consent) if the applicant is carrying out a role that involves specific levels of responsibility. For example, someone who carries out a controlled function* within the financial sector, would be eligible for a Standard DBS Check.

Enhanced DBS Check
Alike a Standard DBS Check, this level of check must be requested by an employer on behalf of an employee and will check an applicant’s criminal history for cautions, warnings, reprimands* and convictions* (both spent* and unspent*).

However, an Enhanced DBS Check can also include a search of the DBS’s Children’s and/or Adult barred list* depending on the applicant’s job role. Local police forces are also able to add any relevant information they hold on the applicant.

 

*Definitions:

Spent convictions

A set period of time is assigned to each crime where the conviction becomes “spent”. When a conviction becomes “spent” it is no longer able to be found on a Basic DBS Check. When the period of time assigned to the crime has been completed, it is known as a “spent conviction”. Spent convictions are still revealed on Enhanced DBS Checks.

Unspent convictions A set period of time is assigned to each crime where the conviction becomes “spent”. When the period of time assigned to the crime has not yet been completed, it is known to as a “unspent conviction”. Unspent convictions will be uncovered on Basic, Standard and Enhanced checks.
Cautions, warnings and reprimands

All of these relate to types of warnings (verbal, written) from the police to individuals (usually young people) who admit they have committed a ‘minor’ offence.

Children's Barred List A list formulated by the DBS that permits a person from engaging in regulated activity (regular working or unsupervised activities) with children.

Adult's Barred List  A list formulated by the DBS that permits a person from engaging in regulated activity (regular working or unsupervised activities) with vulnerable adults.

Controlled functions  A detailed list of code names given to specific regulated activities within the financial services.