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What is a Basic DBS Check for an individual?

A Basic DBS (formerly CRB) Check is now processed by the Disclosure and Barring Service and was previously processed by Disclosure Scotland. The check searches your criminal history to see if there are any unspent cautions, warnings, reprimands or convictions.  Individuals can apply directly for employment or personal interest reasons.

What are the benefits of an Basic DBS check?

The benefits of an individual having a basic disclosure check are:

  • Make yourself more employable by pro-actively having a Basic DBS
  • Peace of mind for a potential employer
  • Find out if a conviction is ‘Spent’ or still ‘Unspent’
  • Meet the requirements for a job role if requested by the employer
  • Supplement a Visa application
  • Support applying for a personal licence

Who can apply for a Basic DBS Check?

Basic DBS checks can be applied for by anyone wanting a DBS check for themselves as an individual. There are no restrictions on industry or sector and this should be a vital part of organisations vetting and recruitment processes. The application must be completed by the person the check is for. You cannot apply for or on behalf of someone else.

If you are an individual and wish to apply for a higher level of check you will need a company (usually your employer) or organisation to apply on your behalf.

How long do Basic DBS Checks take to process?

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

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