DBS / Criminal Record Checks

Hi All,

I'm looking for some advice :-)

I'm investigating pre-employment screening providers for work. It's a long time since I was involved in DBS checks and I believe things have changed. Can someone tell me what the employer see's on an employees DBS check report?

Also, there are a lot of check companies out there who provide international criminal record checks. If one of these was completed for a UK employee, would this override a DBS check?

Any help or advice would be much appreciated!




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  • Hi Sue,

    I look after the DBS process where I work and we only do Basic and Enhanced checks. We receive a final report on completion of the check which is sent to HR only and has the details we supplied to the screening provided and then an outcome so "clear" or "no result" or "significant discrepancy - this we are able to share with managers as it has no personal info.

    On a Basic certificate we see name, place and date of birth, gender, police records of conviction, cautions, reprimands and warnings.  For a Basic, a certificate must be requested.

    On an Enhanced it’s the above along with, their position, Company name, information from the list held under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002, DBS Children’s Barred list information, DBS Adults’ Barred list info and other relevant info disclosed at the Chief Police Officer(s) request.  For an Enhanced a certificate is included.


    Hope that helps!



    • This is very informative. I've learned something here. Thank you, Suki Gill 


    • Hi Suki, this is really helpful thank you! :-)

  •  Hi Gary, this is great thank you! :-)

    • My pleasure. I knew some of the answer and had to go digging around for the rest so I've put this on my CPD log. You've done me a favour by asking the question- I learned something new!


      • Me too! I also found out the following which may be of interest to you one day :-)


        DBS don’t reveal details of disclosable outcomes to employers. The employee has to share the details with them.

        If you carry out a criminal record check you must have a policy on employing ex-offenders.

        Only a registered responsible organisation can request a DBS check on behalf of an employee.

        • I did not know that!

          Thanks for sharing 


  • Hi Sue

    I've found a page for you that describes what is on the check in detail:  

    This page says it was updated in 2020, so this should be up to date. Here's a direct link to where I got this from: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/legal-rights/dbs-checks....

    This page shows the same as the above but in a comparison table: https://cbscreening.co.uk/dbs-checks/enhanced-dbs-check/

    This page will give you a handle on what you can ask about a person's history and what they have to tell you: https://www.gov.uk/tell-employer-or-college-about-criminal-record

    Then there is the official government website which is always worth checking: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/dbs-check-requests-guidance-for-employers

    International screening doesn't look as straight forward, unfortunately. There are companies that will check for you but with different countries running different administrations, discrepancies in reliability seem common, according to: https://cbscreening.co.uk/news/post/uk-vs-world-background-screenin...

    Were you looking at any companies in particular? 

    Can I be of any further help?

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