Criminal Record Checks

CREDENCE Background Screening is a registered body with Disclosure Scotland, AccessNI and the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau “CRB”) in England, enabling us to conduct Basic, Standard and Enhanced Level Criminal Record Checks for the whole of the UK. Using our network of trusted partners worldwide and our in depth knowledge of international screening, we are able to provide Criminal Record Checks on a global basis.


Basic Level Criminal Record Checks: Basic Level Criminal Record Checks (Basic CRC) can be conducted on anybody regardless of their position. From January 2018 these will be provided by the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) for people working or living in England or Wales, AccessNI for people living or working in Northern Ireland and Disclosure Scotland for people living or working in Scotland and elsewhere. Turnaround times vary between the organisations from same day to up to 10 working days. Basic CRC checks will only provide information pertaining to ‘unspent’ convictions. Credence is registered as a Responsible Organisation / Body with each of the above authorities and can therefore apply for basic criminal record checks in all areas of the UK and from overseas.


Standard Level Criminal Record Checks: Standard Level Criminal Record Checks (Standard DBS – formerly Standard CRB) may be issued for people entering certain professions, such as members of the legal and accountancy professions. The Standard check contains details of all convictions held on the PNC including current and ‘spent’ convictions as well as details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings. Credence are able to process these checks using the traditional paper-based method or fully on-line via ebulk.


Enhanced Level Criminal Record Checks: An Enhanced Criminal Record Check (Enhanced DBS – formerly Enhanced CRB) is used for posts that include anyone working in a Regulated Activity with a Regulated Activity provider, as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and as amended by the Protection of Freedom Act 2012. Examples include Teachers, Scout or Guide leaders, Doctors and Nurses. Credence are able to process these checks using the traditional paper-based method or fully on-line via ebulk.

The Enhanced Disclosure is the only disclosure to check the barred lists for children and adults (formerly PoVA, PoCA and List 99, previously held by the Independent Safeguard Authority).

Enhanced DBS checks are also issued for certain statutory purposes such as gaming and lottery licences. These checks do not involve a check of the barred lists.

Enhanced DBS checks also include an additional check to those carried out with the Standard DBS check: a check on local police records for additional information that may be relevant to the post for which the applicant is being considered.


Barred List Checks (List 99 Checks): The barred list contains details of people who are barred from applying for, or working in, a regulated activity in relation to children in England and Wales. The bar is imposed under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. The Barred List Check is an instant check that can be used to confirm a person’s appointment in a regulated activity by ensuring they are not prohibited from working with children. It can also be carried out whilst waiting for the Enhanced DBS to be completed.


Overseas Criminal Record Checks: Using our network of worldwide partners and our in depth knowledge of the international screening marketplace, we are able to provide Criminal Record Checks on a global basis.

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