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Posted by John Herbert

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11/10/16 09:22

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. 

You may need to check someone‚Äôs criminal record if they apply for certain jobs or voluntary work, eg working with children or in healthcare. There are four types or levels of DBS checks:

  • Basic
  • Standard DBS
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Enhanced DBS (including barred check list)

Here's a summary of the information searched for with each type of DBS check:


*Note: this does not include fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, or any other police or other out-of-court disposal.

Each level carries eligibility criteria as to the type of position that the check is available for. A comprehensive guide is available on the DBS website here. And a handy summary here

Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. As an employer, you should only arrange a DBS check on a successful job applicant. You can withdraw a job offer if the results show anything that would make the applicant unsuitable.

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