DBS Checks play a critical role in making recruitment decisions, as well as safeguarding, to ensure only the right people are hired.
A DBS Check is a background check that shows an employer any information held by the police on an individual. If the potential employee has a criminal history that could impact an employment decision, the employer will know about it!
Companies and organisations that carry out DBS checks on their employees are able to give their customers and/or clients the assurance that they have taken the necessary precautions to help provide a fantastic service.
At Aaron’s Department, we process a lot of DBS Check applications, and have been doing for a long time!
Our tailored DBS Check system is directly connected to the UK Government‘s Gateway, which means that every application you or your applicants do is simple, safe, affordable, and dealt with in a fast manner.
Our DBS online system keeps you up-to-date with every stage of your, or your employees, DBS check through email updates and your online portal. Whether your DBS is getting started at Stage 1, Stage 4, or being posted out, you’ll know as soon as it happens.
DBS Check Service Benefits
So, what benefits will you get to enjoy when using Aaron’s Department DBS online service?
What DBS Check Can An Employers Get For Their Staff?
At Aaron’s Department, we offer the following types of DBS Check (formerly CRB Check):
Basic DBS Check
As the name suggests, this is the most basic DBS check! The certificate will contain the details of any unspent convictions or conditional cautions the applicant has.
This level of DBS can be requested by anyone.
Standard DBS Check
This check contains information on cautions, warnings, and reprimands, as well as any spent and unspent convictions.
Unlike a Basic check, a Standard DBS can only be applied for by an employer, for an employee.
Enhanced DBS Check – With Or Without A Barred List Check
The Enhanced check includes all the previous checks from a Basic or Standard DBS check: cautions, warnings, and reprimands, as well as any spent and unspent convictions. As well as this, Local Police Forces can also add any information that they feel is relevant to the applicant and their application.
In cases where job roles require it, this can also include a search of the DBS’s Children and/or Adult Barred List, which says whether the individual is allowed to work with Children/ Vulnerable Adults.
Adults First Check
Exclusive to Enhanced checks requiring a the vulnerable adult barred list check, the Adult First check (previously known as an ISA Adult First or POVA) can be done (if requested) during stage 3 of the DBS checking process.
When requested, the result is usually returned in 48 hours. If it comes back clear, the person in question can start working under supervision. If not, they will have to wait until the certificate is issued.
Need More Information About The Different DBS Check?
You can find everything you need to know about Basic, Standard, and Enhanced checks in our neat little guide.
The DBS Checking Process Explained
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the online DBS checking process?
We’ll tell you what happens during each stage below!
DBS Update Service
The DBS Update Service lets applicants keep their Standard and Enhanced DBS checks up to date. It costs £13 per year and starts from the day of the DBS certificate issue date.
More information on the DBS Update Service can be found in our blog article.
Additional Information and Help
Aaron’s Department is a DBS Umbrella body providing DBS Online Disclosures (DBS) to organisations, businesses, and employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Obtaining a Basic, Standard or Enhanced Criminal Record check UK (DBS check) helps identify candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially that which involves children or vulnerable adults.
To help you with any questions you may have regarding your Online DBS application, we have created guidance files in our Frequently asked questions section. If you want to learn more about Aaron’s Department, you can do so on our about page.
More specific step-by-step guides for each account type are available once you have created an account and logged in.
What DBS Check Do My Staff Need?
Whether you’re new to DBS checks, or have experience, knowing which level is needed for your staff can sometimes be tricky. That’s why we’ve done on all the hard work, and compiled a help page that goes over the most commons roles that get a DBS background check requested.
You can find information on these roles on our What DBS Check Do You Need page.
Below are some of the most common questions we get about a individual DBS check, as well from those looking to do DBS applications for the first time: