Enhanced Criminal Record Check
In general, it’s worth noting for an Enhanced Disclosure, an individual must meet certain eligibility criteria.
England & Wales: While an Enhanced level DBS is used for specific purposes such as for those that work with vulnerable children or adults, this type of DBS check contains the same PNC information as the standard level certificate, but also includes an additional check of information held by the police forces if this is deemed relevant. This level of DBS check can also include a check of the Child and Adult Barred lists if the role is eligible.
DBS Update Service: Only applicable within England & Wales for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks, this status check allows organisations to view any relevant information that has been identiﬁed about the individual since their certiﬁcate was last issued.
Northern Ireland: Similarly, while only applicable to certain roles such as those in vulnerable circumstances, an Enhanced Check contains details of spent and unspent convictions from the PNC, cautions, informed warnings and other non-court disposals from the PNC, along with information held by the Disclosure and Barring Service (for positions in regulated activity) and information held by the police that is relevant to the role being applied for. Some older or minor convictions and non-court disposals on a criminal record may be filtered. If the role is eligible, this can also include a check of the Child and Adult Barred list.
Scotland: Disclosure Scotland includes the details of unspent convictions, relevant spent convictions, unspent cautions, inclusions on children’s or adult’s list if it’s relevant to the job, or other relevant information held by the Police information from the Sex Offenders Register. This may be appropriate to check the suitability of those looking to adopt, apply for certain gaming or lottery licenses.
PVG Scheme: PVG stands for Protecting Vulnerable Groups and applies to those doing regulated work with children and protected adults in Scotland. It details all unspent and certain conviction information, as well as any other non-conviction information that the police or other government bodies think is relevant. Disclosure Scotland keeps a close eye on the PVG Scheme members’ records for vetting information such as criminal convictions that may affect the suitability of individuals to work with vulnerable groups.
To refer to country specific information relating to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act: