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What is a Basic DBS Check?

A Basic DBS Check searches the applicants’ criminal history on behalf of an organisation for any unspent cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions. A Basic DBS check is now processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau) and was previously processed by Disclosure Scotland.

How long will a basic DBS check take to process?

Basic DBS checks typically come back within 3-5 working days.

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Who can apply for a Basic Criminal Record Check?

An organisation can apply for Basic DBS Checks on any current or prospective employee, with consent from the individual.

There are no restrictions on industry or sector and is the most effective way of safeguarding the quality of your employees and is a vital part of organisations vetting and recruitment processes.

For more information and an overview please read our DBS Application process.

What are the benefits of a Basic DBS Check?

The benefits of carrying out Basic DBS Checks on your employees are:

  • Ability to make safer recruitment decisions and vet staff to a high standard
  • Gives peace of mind to organisations’ stakeholders
  • Reduce risk levels within your organisation
  • Increase staff retention and decrease turnover, saving time and money on your recruitment process
  • Increased trust in your brand/organisation

Some job roles, particularly those dealing with vulnerable groups have higher compliance needs. This may require them to have a Standard DBS or Enhanced DBS Check. If you are unsure of the eligibility of the job roles in question, contact us today for expert guidance.

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