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What is an Enhanced DBS Check?


The Enhanced DBS Check processed by the DBS (formerly CRB) searches the applicants’ criminal history for any cautions, warnings, reprimands or convictions both spent and unspent.


Additionally, the Enhanced DBS Check can also search the children and vulnerable adults ‘barred lists’ to see if the applicant is barred from working with either group (if the job role is eligible and requires the applicant to engage in regulated activity). The Enhanced DBS (CRB) Check process gives local police forces the opportunity to add any relevant or ‘soft’ information they may hold about the applicant. For example, if someone is being investigated for a crime but has yet to be charged.


Organisations are legally responsible to be in line with The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2013 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. It is illegal for anyone barred by the DBS to work, or apply to work with the sector (children or vulnerable adults) from which they are barred.


It is also illegal for an employer to knowingly employ a barred person in the sector from which they are barred.


What are the benefits of an Enhanced DBS check?

The benefits of an employee having an Enhanced DBS Check are:

  • Enhances your safeguarding processes and helps to reduce risks
  • Enables you to make safer recruitment decisions
  • Identifies candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that which may involve children or vulnerable adults
  • Provides wider access to criminal record information
  • Legal compliance in the UK for regulated activity employers and organisations


Who can apply for an Enhanced DBS (CRB) Check?


Individuals must apply for this level of check through an employer or contractor. If you are self-employed, you are unable to apply for an Enhanced DBS check for yourself. You will need to apply through an association or organisation.


Enhanced disclosures are recommended for those working in regulated activity. Here are some examples of occupations that will require an Enhanced DBS Check:


  • Care
  • Charities
  • Childcare
  • Dental Practices
  • Drivers and transport
  • Education
  • Fostering
  • Leisure and sport
  • Medical/Health
  • Private Tutors
  • Religion and faith
  • Social work
  • GP surgery staff


How long will it take to process?


Around 70% complete within a week but some can take longer due to police processing times.


ID Check


The ID check will take around 10 minutes, it will be held either in person or via video call. You will need 3 documents for this. One from Group 1 and 2 others from any of the groups. Please see accepted adocuments below;



  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit
  • Driving licence (full or provisional)
  • Birth or adoption certificate



  • Driving licence (full or provisional)
  • Paper driving licence
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • HM Forces ID card
  • Firearms licence



  • Bank/building society statement
  • Mortgage statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Statement showing pension, endowment or benefit
  • P45/P60
  • Council tax statement
  • EU National ID card
  • Government entitlement document
  • Work permit or visa
  • Letter of sponsorship from a future employer
  • Letter from your headteacher or school principal


The Enhanced DBS Check is NON REFUNDABLE. Upon completion of the application form (which we will email you seperately) we will then apply for the Enhanced DBS check on your behalf. Any questions please feel free to email us

Enhanced DBS Check

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