DBS Checks for Individuals

As an individual living in the UK, you are only eligible to apply for a basic DBS check.

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The individual DBS check is carried out by the Disclosure & Barring Service for citizens from England and Wales. If you’re living in Scotland, your search will be carried out by Disclosure Scotland.

What Jobs Require an Enhanced DBS Check for an Individual?

The following sectors (and more) will necessitate an enhanced DBS check to be obtained by individuals:

  • Volunteer roles
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Elderly care

There are Three Different Types of Individual DBS Checks:

  • Basic DBS Check

This is the only type of individual check you can get without the need for employer verification. The basic DBS check will result in a certificate showing any unspent criminal convictions on your record.

  • Standard DBS Check

Your employer/organisation will need to verify your application for a standard DBS check. It will include disclosure of spent and unspent criminal convictions, as well as any cautions or warnings.

  • Enhanced DBS Check

An organisation will apply for an enhanced DBS check for individuals if their role involves working with children or vulnerable adults. This check provides full disclosure of spent and unspent criminal convictions, cautions, warnings, reprimands, and any mention on relevant police or barred lists.

Is it Possible to Get an Enhanced DBS Check Online for Individuals?

Standard and enhanced DBS checks for individuals can only be requested by a company/organisation that is looking to hire you. This has been stipulated by the Disclosure & Barring head office.

If I Need an Enhanced DBS Check for Myself, How Can I Organise This?

As you cannot apply for an enhanced background check for individuals yourself, you will need to make a request to your employer or organisation to apply for it. Get in touch with us and we can take you through all the necessary steps to submit your application online, while also involving your employer in the process.

Applying for an enhanced DBS check for individuals is a quick and easy process with us. We process all our DBS checks online and send through the results via email. If you’re unsure about which type of individual check you require, we’d be happy to help talk you through the different levels. Get in touch with our team of friendly DBS check experts today.

BASIC

Now provided by the Disclosure Barring Service. Only contains details of unspent convictions.

*Results: 5 - 10 days £39.40

Basic DBS Check for £39.40
Single application only. Results available within 5-10 days*

STANDARD

Formerly a CRB check, only available for certain occupations & entry into specified professions.

*Results: 48 hours £51.80

Standard DBS Check for £51.80
Single application only. Results available within 5-10 days*

ENHANCED

The highest level Disclosure for those training, caring for and supervising children/vulnerable adults

*Results: 5 - 10 days £69.80

Enhanced DBS Check for £69.80

*The turnaround times given are the average times taken for completion of the application. The time it takes can vary depending on local police searches, multiple addresses, common names and multiple name changes.