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Criminal Record Checks

Make informed hiring decisions that help to protect your organisation. 
Level of check

Choose the right level of check for your organisation from Basic, Standard or Enhanced. 

Protect your organisation

Make safer hiring decisions that protect your organisation and its people.


Ensure compliance with legal requirements in regulated industries.


Be confident that your required checks are being managed compliantly.


Prevent damage to your organisation's brand and reputation. 

Track progress

Track your candidates' progress and remain up-to-date throughout the process.

Why choose VettingGateway?

Speed up your time-to-hire
Reduce your hiring risk 
Improve the quality of your new hires
Eliminate the use of multiple platforms
Deliver a great candidate experience

What level of DBS check is right for my organisation?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), offers three different levels of check: Basic, Standard or Enhanced. These levels will each tell you different information about your applicants. They all each come with their own eligibility requirements.


VettingGateway offers checks at each of these levels, enabling you to quickly and easily assess employee-related risks to your organisation.

Basic DBS

Identifies information on any conditional cautions all non-spend convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA).


These are not job specific and are available to anyone for any purpose. With an applicants consent, an organisation can apply for a basic check on behalf of an employee.

Standard DBS

Identifies details of spent and unspent convictions, reprimands and cautions held on file. It will also verify that employees or candidates do not have any previous records of wrongdoings such as fraud or financial misconduct. 

This DBS check is specific to certain job roles and can only be requested by organisations on behalf of applicants or volunteers to ensure that they are suitable for the role they are applying for. 

Enhanced DBS

Provides the same level of detail as a Standard check, but also shows information held by local police forces. For example, if a person has received a fine or penalty. 

With an Enhanced check, and organisation can also request to see whether an applicant is listed on the Children's Barred List or Adult First list. To be eligible to access this information, the job role the applicant will work in must involve engaging in regular activity with children and/or vulnerable adults. 

As with a Standard DBS check, only organisations can request this on behalf of employees or volunteers and this check is specific to certain professions.


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What type of caution appears on a DBS Check?
Police cautions will appear on a DBS Certificate, besides under two exceptions. These are cautioning the subject received when they were under the age of 18 and two years have passed since the caution, or cautions received when the subject was 18 or over and six years have passed since the caution.

When will a conviction appear on a DBS certificate?

A conviction will always appear on your DBS certificate if it meets the following criteria: The conviction resulted in a custodial sentence to the subject, including a suspended sentence, or if the subject has been convicted of more than one offence, in which case every conviction appears on a DBS Certificate.

When is a DBS Check carried out?

Any DBS Check should only be carried out once an official job offer has been made.

What happens if I change jobs?

A DBS Check can not expire, however the search conducted will only have been valid up until the date of the check. This means employers can ask that you complete a new check whenever you start in a new position, where required.  

Is a DBS Check valid in Scotland?

Since January 1st 2018, Disclosure Scotland is the only check accepted for all Scottish nationals seeking work, volunteering, or adoption in Scotland. However, citizens from England or Wales must obtain disclosure through their own nations checks, such as DBS.

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