Types of DBS check we offer
Standard and Enhanced DBS Checks
There are two primary levels of criminal record checks available to organisations for their employees:
Standard checks – To be eligible for a standard level DBS certificate, the position must be included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.
Enhanced Checks - To be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate, the position must be included in both the ROA Exceptions Order and in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations.
Enhanced checks with children’s and/or adults ’barred list' check(s) - To be eligible to request a check of the children’s or adults ’barred' lists , the position must be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate as above and be specifically included in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations as able to check the appropriate barred list(s).
Adult First Checks - available alongside Enhanced DBS Checks
DBS Adult First is a function provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service which can be used in exceptional cases. This means that in accordance with the terms of Department of Health guidance – a person is permitted to commence work with adults before a DBS certificate has been obtained. This applies to adult services such as care homes, domiciliary care agencies and adult placement schemes where DBS certificates are required by law.
This service is only available to organisations who are eligible to access the DBS ‘Adult Barred List’ and who have requested a check of the barred lists on their DBS application form. DBS Adult First is not a substitute for a DBS certificate and organisations must take care when making recruitment decisions prior to receiving a full DBS certificate. DBS Adult First checks are advised to be used ONLY in exceptional circumstances and when absolutely necessary.
A DBS Adult First check is not appropriate for any individuals who may work with both children and adults. Those working in both areas will need to wait until a DBS certificate is returned to ensure that the individual in question has not been barred from working with children. There is no equivalent speedy check of the Children’s Barred List.
The Children's Barred List (formerly List 99)
The Children’s Barred List (formerly List 99) check allows education establishments to check against a database to see if there is a potential match for a person included in the Children’s Barred List. If an individual is included in this list, employment within or by the education establishment is prohibited.
The information on this database is held under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and is maintained by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
More information regarding the eligibility for checks can be obtained here or you can contact us.