Criminal: Record Checks

As you no doubt already know, a criminal record is a timeline of an individual’s criminal history, with figures from ACAS showing that more than 20 per cent of the working age population having a record of this kind.

It is essential that recruitment for any kind of role is carried out safely and fairly, but this can be a challenge - which is why getting in touch with Agenda Screening Services can be beneficial, since we’re able to do these on your behalf easier and more efficiently.

In the UK, these checks are available from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland and Access NI.

You should only ask for a DBS check on successful applicants and you’re entitled to withdraw an offer if the check reveals that the applicant in question is unsuitable or, if applicable, barred from working in regulated activity.

Our UK employee criminal record check services are delivered via our pre-employment screening portal, with results from the DBS, Disclosure Scotland and Access NI available electronically - so there’s no need to wait for paper certificates. We are also able to obtain criminal activity information on individuals from most countries around the world.

Agenda is an umbrella body for the DBS, so we are inspected and audited to ensure our processes are compliant.


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    Why: Criminal Record Checks?

    Not all employment positions are eligible for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check. To check the DBS Eligibility Guidance.. Check here for more information.

    Basic criminal record checks are conducted via the DBS for England & Wales, Disclosure Scotland for Scotland and Access NI for Northern Ireland. Basic checks are available for any type of employment and voluntary positions, providing details of all unspent convictions. It is not job-specific and is available for all UK residents.

    Enhanced checks are for posts that involve work in a regulated activity and for a regulated activity provider with children or vulnerable adults. They are also issued for certain statutory purposes such as gaming and lottery licenses. Enhanced checks contain the same information as standard checks but with the addition of any locally held police force information considered relevant to the job role.

    An enhanced check with information from the DBS’s children and/or adults barred list is only available for those individuals engaged in regulated activity with children and /or adults, a small number of posts – for example prospective adoptive parents.

    Standard criminal record checks are for people entering certain professions, such as members of the legal and accountancy professions. They reveal spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer (PNC). These record such information for the whole of the UK.



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