BASIC DBS CRIMINAL DISCLOSURES | DBS Background Checks & Employment Screening | CBscreening


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What is the reason for your check?


Basic criminal disclosures are not job specific and are available to anyone, for any purpose. With the individual’s permission, an organisation can apply for a basic check on behalf of their employee. Basic checks are not job role specific.

At CBS we offer a streamlined online process approved and tested by the Home Office, which provides us with direct access to the vetting teams accessing the Police National Computer. That means fast and accurate criminal checks for you.

What is a Basic Disclosure?

A basic disclosure provides you with all non-spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA).

Since January 1st 2018, basic disclosures have been run by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This means, if you require a basic disclosure for a job role based in England or Wales or personal reasons, you should apply to Disclosure and Barring Service. If you require a basic disclosure for a job role based in Scotland you should apply to Disclosure Scotland.

This new system enables applicants to access their completed basic disclosure certificates online and have the ability to raise queries and track the progress of their check.

When Do You Need a Basic Disclosure?

Basic disclosures are available to all employers (and individuals) and cover all roles and responsibilities. They are not job specific and are available to anyone for any purpose. There is no eligibility criteria that must be met, however all checks must be done under a fair process and with individual consent.

They help you to understand an individual’s risk to your business from the outset and ensures you don’t put employees in an unsuitable environment which could cause damage to your organisation.

However, if the role of an individual is more sensitive and they could be working with vulnerable groups (adults or children) you will need to consider an enhanced or standard disclosure. If you aren’t sure which you require we can advise you on this – get in touch and one of our expert team would be happy to help.



The cost of a basic disclosure with CBS is £25, plus a small admin fee, per application.

We will of course consider a reduction in costs for organisations wishing to submit applications in larger volumes.

For more information about our basic disclosures, please get in touch.


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