DBS – Information revealed on DBS Disclosures

Types of information revealed by Standard and Enhanced DBS checks

Both Standard and Enhanced DBS checks contain details of:

  • spent convictions
  • unspent convictions
  • cautions
  • reprimands
  • final warnings

This information comes from the Police National Computer (PNC). The DBS only reveals relevant information that is recorded by the police on the PNC.

Who decides what information will be revealed?

Under Part V of the Police Act 1997, the police provide the DBS with access to all convictions held on the PNC.

The same act also states that the DBS has a statutory duty to include on a DBS certificate details of every conviction, caution, reprimand and warning that is recorded on the PNC.

Traffic offences

In addition, police may, at their discretion, disclose other traffic offences that resulted in a Fixed Penalty, where they consider disclosure is necessary and relevant.

The difference between Standard and Enhanced CRB checks

Since the introduction of new Regulated Activity on 10 September 2012 there are now three types of check that are available through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

  • A Standard check is available for certain specified occupations, licences and entry into certain specified professions. A Standard check only checks the information held on the Police National Computer (PNC).
Enhanced PLUS barring lists checked
  • The Enhanced check is the highest level of criminal record check and is available for those working in Regulated Activity with children or vulnerable adults. An Enhanced check includes information held on the Police National Computer, plus Police information held and will also check the DBS barring lists (Adults/Children/List 99) as appropriate.
Enhanced (with no barring lists checked)
  • Since 10 September 2012 the scope of Regulated Activity has changed, so job roles which once were eligible for a full Enhanced check may no longer be eligible. However, everybody within the pre-September definition of regulated activity, whether or not they fall within the post-September definition of regulated activity, will remain eligible for Enhanced level checks, but they will no longer be eligible for having the barring list checked.
  • DBS have therefore introduced a new Enhanced check which includes information held on the PNC, plus Police information but will not check the DBS barring lists (Adults/Children/List 99).

For further information please visit www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crb-protectionoffreedoms

DBS check disputes process

If an applicant thinks that the information that has been revealed by a DBS check is incorrect and wishes to dispute information, they will need to contact the DBS direct. Find information about the DBS disputes process on the Home Office website.