Basic Criminal Record Checks now by the Disclosure and Barring Service12-Sep-2017
Starting in September 2017, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will shortly be introducing basic criminal record checks for people in England & Wales, which will replace the service previously provided by Disclosure Scotland.
Basic checks are a type of criminal record check. These can be used by employers and other organisations, for example when they are recruiting staff. They can also be used by insurance companies in the validation of claims.
According to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a basic check would show any ‘unspent’ criminal records, and once a conviction or caution is ‘spent’, it would no longer show on a basic check.
But as of 1st September 2017, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will begin processing basic criminal record check applications.
There will be a changeover period from September and December 2017, where basic checks will still be available from Disclosure Scotland, but after 31st December 2017, basic checks will no longer be available to applicants in England & Wales.
Unlock say the announcement is “..a significant development for both people with criminal records and employers in England & Wales..”, and will be providing coverage of further information, advice and updates about the as soon as they receive them.
This announcement comes as part of further developments from the DBS designed to improve on processing times and help you manage information more quickly.