What Information is Included in an Enhanced DBS Check?

Enhanced DBS checks provide a comprehensive criminal background check, revealing both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, and reprimands. In addition, local police forces may also release additional information about the applicant as part of the check, known as “approved information” or “non-condemnatory information”. For certain jobs that are regulated activities, such as those involving working with children and vulnerable adults, a list of prohibited jobs may be included in the check. Allegations are not included in the main body of an enhanced DBS certificate, but they may be released in the “additional information” section if the police deem it relevant to the position for which they are applying.

The police may also choose to disclose details related to an applicant's mental health if they believe it is pertinent to the job. Under the Offender Rehabilitation Act (ROA), convictions are considered spent and would no longer appear on a basic DBS exam. Warnings received when under 18 years of age are automatically and immediately removed from all levels of DBS control.

Enhanced DBS Checks for Financial Positions

Positions of responsibility in the financial or banking sector may require an enhanced DBS check.

Abdi's first conviction will be leaked from a standard or improved DBS check this year, 11 years after he was found guilty.

Rehabilitation Periods and Filtering Regulations

Rehabilitation periods and filtering regulations to improve DBS checks are slightly different in Scotland, so it is recommended to contact Disclosure Scotland for further information. If your child applies for a job that requires a basic DBS review, you have nothing to worry about.