Guide for employers on how to check criminal record checks

Home Office has published a new guidance to help employers carry out criminal record checks.

It shows how employers or organisations can request criminal records checks on potential employees from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

An employer may request a criminal records check processed through the DBS as part of its recruitment process.

For certain roles the check will also include information held on the DBS’s children and adults barred lists, together with any information held locally by police forces that is reasonably considered to be relevant to the applied for post.

These checks are to assist employers in making safer recruitment and licensing decisions. However a check is just one part of robust recruitment practice. When a check has been processed by the DBS and completed the employer and individual will receive a DBS certificate.

In this guide you can find out when, as an employer or organisation, you may access criminal records checks and how to apply for them.

Click here to download Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks)

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