basic disclosure (DBS & disclosure Scotland)

This is available for all individuals and employers living within the UK. Basic disclosure checks a person’s criminal history and convictions from the Police National Computer (PNC). It will return information on any convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Can be carried out on any person with their consent. Rehabilitation periods vary depending on where the applicant lives in the UK. Therefore we will either submit the request to the DBS or Disclosure Scotland.

Employers from any industry, can ask for a basic for any potential or existing employee to help them decide if a candidate is fit for an employment.

standard (DBS & disclosure Scotland)

A standard DBS Check reveals any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, final warnings or reprimands the applicant has.

To carry out a standard check the person must be eligible for a standard check. This will be if they are undertaking a role listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. This includes a number of positions, professions, licences, and activities such as some legal positions or FCA-regulated roles.

enhanced DBS

An Enhanced DBS Check shows any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands the applicant has – as well as any other relevant details held by the applicant’s local police force. An Enhanced Disclosure may also include a check of the children’s and/or adults’ barred list if the applicant is eligible.

To be eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check, the applicant’s role, profession or license must be listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Eligibility for an Enhanced DBS Check may also be determined by the applicant’s place of work. If the applicant works within one of the below establishments once a week, or three times within a 30-day period, they’ll require an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

  • CQC registered care homes
  • Schools or nurseries
  • High-security psychiatric hospitals

Some roles may also require the applicant to undergo a barred list check. This will be the case if the applicant engages in regulated activity with vulnerable adults and/or children – for example, by providing healthcare or personal care. Full definitions of regulated activity with adults and children are available on the DBS website.


DBS update service

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has an online subscription service that lets applicants keep their DBS certificates up to date. This also allows us to check a certificate online periodically, with the consent of the applicant.


adult first

Formerly known as ‘ISA Adult First’ and ‘POVA Check’, the DBS Adult First allows an individual to be checked against the DBS Adults’ Barred List. Dependent on the result of the check, this service allows the individual to start work under supervision while waiting for their full DBS check results.

PVG (Scotland)

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. It helps ensure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to work with children and protected adults cannot do ‘regulated work’ with these vulnerable groups.

When someone applies to join the PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland carries out criminal record checks and shares the results with individuals and organisations. The application process involves gathering criminal record and other relevant information. This can be shared with the employer who is providing regulated work, unless the person applies to have a conviction removed from their PVG Scheme record.

access NI (Basic)

Accessing criminal record checks are for people living or working in Northern Ireland. Basic accessing check contains details of all convictions considered to be unspent, or states that no such convictions were found.

access NI (Standard)

Accessing criminal record checks are for people living or working in Northern Ireland. Standard accessing check contains details of all spent and unspent convictions and relevant cautions, diversionary youth conferences and informed warnings (non-court disposals) or states that no information was found.

access NI (Enhanced)

Accessing criminal record checks are for people living or working in Northern Ireland. Enhanced accessing check - this has the same criminal record information as the standard check but also includes a check of police intelligence records, and for positions working with children and vulnerable adults (referred to as regulated activity) may include information held by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

international criminal record checks

Every country has it own process and legal requirement for conducting local criminal record checks. At giant we have access to criminal record checks in every country and manage the application process start to finish.

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