What Information is Included in an Enhanced DBS Check?

Enhanced DBS checks are a comprehensive way to review an individual's criminal record, including both spent and unspent convictions, warnings, admonitions, and any other information that the police deem relevant. These checks are only available for roles that are included in the 1975 (Exceptions) Order of 1975 of the Offender Rehabilitation Act (ROA). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is responsible for processing and issuing DBS checks in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. Basic DBS checks only look for unspent convictions, while standard DBS checks search for both spent and unspent convictions, warnings, and admonitions.

Enhanced DBS checks are the most comprehensive criminal background and prohibition check available in the UK. They include all of the information from basic and standard checks, plus any additional information that appears about you in local police records. The police reserve the right to include any additional information they deem relevant to the check. The update service is an online subscription that allows applicants to keep their DBS certificates up to date and allows employers to view the applicant's certificate.

Online identity verification is an additional way to confirm an applicant's identity during an online DBS verification. Enhanced DBS checks are essential for employers who want to make safer hiring decisions. They provide a comprehensive overview of an individual's criminal record and help ensure that those working with children or vulnerable adults are not prohibited from doing so.