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Criminal Record Checks

Criminal record checks are important, whether they are mandatory for the role you are recruiting for or not. Carrying out relevant criminal record checking reduces the risk of placing an unsuitable person in your role. The Experian Background Checking service offers full criminal record checking and is registered with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Disclosure Scotland.

A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure will reveal if a person has convictions that would make an employer consider them unsuitable to do a specific job, such as a criminal history, convictions of theft, fraud or dishonesty.

Using Experian Background Checking for these criminal record checks doesn't just save you time and effort. We are able to manage the entire criminal background checking process for you from providing the authorised signature required to initiate the request, through to the follow up contacts we make, to ensure fast processing of the application.

Levels of Criminal Record Check Available

There are three levels of CRB checks that can be obtained; Basic, Standard and Enhanced Disclosure CRB check.

 Basic disclosure CRB  are available for anyone and are not job-specific. This check contains only convictions considered unspent under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

 Standard disclosure CRB  contains all conviction information, spent and unspent, including cautions. These checks are available for positions covered by the Exceptions Order 1975 to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA), for example positions within the Security Industry and Financial Services.

 Enhanced disclosure CRB are complete criminal history checks and contain all conviction information, spent and unspent, and any other non-conviction information considered to be relevant by the police or other Government bodies. This type of CRB checking is available for positions involving work with children and vulnerable adults.

Not all employment positions are eligible for a Standard or Enhanced CRB Disclosure. To check the CRB Eligibility Guidance please click here.

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