Though a Standard DBS Check is a required step in safeguarding your employees and clients from potentially dangerous or fraudulent individuals, candidates can avoid a check through supplying false or misleading information. For that reason, you could carry out an Experian Identity Check before undertaking any Criminal Record Checks.
Who is eligible for a Standard DBS Check?
Not every position is eligible for a Standard DBS Check. To be eligible, the position must be included in the ROA 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Generally speaking, this includes roles in the financial and security sectors, but a more detailed guide can be found here.
What does a Standard DBS Check tell you?
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA), most convictions are considered to be ‘spent’ after a certain period of time, and if no further offence has taken place. This period of time depends on the severity of the conviction. Whilst Basic Disclosures will only list unspent convictions, a Standard DBS Check will also list spent convictions. They therefore allow you to make a more informed decision as to whether or not the candidate poses any potential risks.
A Standard DBS Check also includes all cautions, reprimands and warnings held on the Police National Computer in England and Wales, and may also include most of the relevant convictions in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This level of check will also reveal if the candidate appears on government department lists of people who are deemed unsuitable to work with children.
The average UK turnaround time for a Standard DBS Check is two to four weeks, but the process may be subjected to certain seasonal delays.