Enhanced Disclosure: What, Which, Why and How?

If you’re wondering, ‘What is an enhanced DBS check, and why do I need one?’ then it’s important you familiarise yourself with the Enhanced DBS process. You’re probably familiar with what a DBS Check is, but there is specific criteria that an applicant has to meet for a successful Enhanced DBS certificate. The Disclosure and Barring Service Check allows employers to determine the credibility of prospective employees, or in some cases volunteers, but there are varying levels of detail these checks will disclose. It entirely depends on the job that the applicant is applying for.

You might be familiar with the two other levels of DBS checks available. If not, we’d recommend visiting the respective pages:

The three levels of DBS Checks available to employers differ in terms of the extent of disclosure, and the information that is being examined. In which instances would an Enhanced DBS Check, i.e. the most in-depth one, be required, and what would be disclosed?

What are Enhanced DBS Checks Used for?

Employers recruiting for positions that are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, as well as anyone being “prescribed” in regulations made under s113B, Part V of the Police Act 1997 can request Enhanced Checks.

An Enhanced DBS Check for individuals includes information regarding any spent, and unspent, convictions held on the PNC (Police National Computer) which are not eligible for filtering. This will disclose:

  • The date of conviction
  • The details of offence committed
  • The date of offence
  • The details of the court in which you appeared
  • The details of the sentence/disposal

The Enhanced check also includes any relevant information that is stored on local police records.

The check also ensures that each applicant is not listed on the Children’s Barred List or the DBS Adults Barred List.

Which Jobs Require an Enhanced DBS Check?

There are several jobs which require a successful Enhanced DBS certificate. If you are applying for a job which involves regular work with vulnerable adults or children, you will need a check completed. Your employer (or potential employer) will outline whether a check is needed, and if applicable, the level of check required.

The employer is responsible for ensuring the role you are applying for complies with the appropriate DBS check criteria.

Enhanced DBS Checks are required for:

  • Teachers
  • Childminders
  • Social workers
  • Nurses & midwives
  • Medical practitioners (such as nursery staff)
  • Sports referees (if the role will involve working with Under 18s)
  • Foster carers
  • Roles in schools, care/children’s homes or hospitals
  • Ambulance service
  • Opticians
  • Youth workers
  • Any roles regulated by Health and Care Professionals Council

If you are unsure whether a DBS check is mandatory for a particular job, you should contact the Disclosure and Barring Service or use the eligibility tool on the official website.

Why Choose Enhanced Disclosure?

  • Safer recruitment decisions. An Enhanced DBS Check allows employers to see full disclosure of any spent or unspent convictions, reprimands, warnings, cautions of individuals. This allows them to determine whether a candidate is truly suitable for a role, and reduce any risks of incompatible individuals
  • Ensuring complete security of data. There is no danger of an individual’s data falling into the wrong hands, as this is a legal requirement, regulated by an official government body
  • Wider access to criminal record information. Enhanced checks are the most in-depth that can be completed, and thus, all relevant criminal record details that aren’t eligible for filtering will be listed
  • Very simple initiation process. Applying for an Enhanced DBS as an individual could not be easier, and can be done in as little as a few minutes. More details are listed below.
  • Fast turnaround times. The results will be sent to you generally within a period of 5-10 days*, once the online verification has been completed

*Turnaround times can differ depending on commonality of name, whether it has been changed, or if you have prior convictions, multiple addresses, or need any other information verified by local law enforcement.

How to Apply for DBS Enhanced Disclosure

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Simply click the “Apply Now” button on the Enhanced DBS page, fill in the employer and candidate details (including details of the role), and then submit the fee of £69.80 for the application.

Please ensure you have the relevant documents for application:

  • A valid driving licence or passport, which shows your date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • Two of either: a valid utility bill, bank statement, mortgage/credit card statement which shows the full address of the applicant

For more information, or if you have any questions about your application, get in touch with our team of experts here. We are more than happy to help you.

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