DBS Check for Recruitment Agencies (2023)

DBS checks are a type of criminal background check used in England and Wales – they play a vital role in safeguarding vulnerable individuals, helping employers make safe & informed recruitment decisions for their staff, volunteers, and customers.

At Aaron’s Department, we offer a fast and efficient service, providing all varieties of DBS check for Recruitment Agencies.

We understand that, as someone who needs DBS checks for employers, you want results quickly to ensure potential candidates don’t miss out on opportunities, and your clients get the quality staff they need. This is why we ensure all DBS check for recruitment agencies applications sent to us before 4pm are processed the same day – that’s right, every DBS is fast-tracked for no extra charge.

Our DBS Check for Recruitment Agencies applications can be filled out by you or the applicant.

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Everything You Need To Know
DBS Check For Recruitment Agencies

Below is everything you need to know about the DBS check for recruitment agencies service we offer, at a glance!

Basic, Standard, and Enhanced

No matter the level of DBS check your candidates need, you can get it! 

We also manually check every application to ensure the correct type is requested for the job role.

Fast DBS Results

We process and send all DBS checks the same day (when received before 4pm).

On top of this, our application form can be completed in just a few minutes!

No Contracts or Hidden Fees

There are no nasty shocks when you sign up with us!

No registration fees or minimum checks are required – just use what you want, when you want.

Admin Fees From £3.11!

You won’t find a better service at a cheaper price!

DBS checks are essential in safeguarding, so we believe they should be affordable!

Dedicated Support

No matter your question, big or small, our experienced team will be happy to help!

Simply give us a call, or drop an email, and we’ll help you however we can.

Built-In Tracking System

Our system incorporates a built-in tracking service and automatic email updates.

It’s never been easier to keep track of the status of your application(s)!

What Level Of DBS Check for Recruitment Agencies Can Be Requested?

What level of DBS check you’ll need to get for your candidates depends on the roles you’re hiring for as a recruitment agency!

Whether you’re hiring a cleaner, bank manager, builder, or anything else, you’ll be able to get one of the following DBS checks below:

Basic DBS Check For Recruitment Agencies

Basic DBS Checks can be requested on anyone, with the permission of the candidate. As the name suggests, this gives a “basic” overview of the individual’s criminal history, only showing unspent convictions.

Examples of Roles Include:

Call Centre Worker



Lorry Driver


Standard DBS Check For Recruitment Agencies

Standard DBS checks are available to recruiters for positions that are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1074 Exceptions Order 1975. This contains both spent and unspent convictions.

Examples of Roles Include:


Bank Manager



Security Guard

Enhanced DBS Check For Recruitment Agencies

(With Or Without Barred List)

This high level can only be requested for positions in specific cases. If working with vulnerable adults/children, a Barred List Check may also be needed.

Examples of Roles Include*:


Healthcare Worker

Pharmaceutical Chemist


Taxi Driver

*As every role can contain different activities, some regulated, and some not, it can be possible for two different people doing the same role to require a different level of check.

For example, if one cleaner will be regularly unsupervised around children, and another not, then only the first would need an Enhanced With Barred List check. If you are ever unsure on which type of DBS check is required, please use our Eligibility guide, or give us a call on +44 113 877 0171.

How Recruitment Agencies Benefit From Our Online DBS System

Complete The DBS Application Anywhere

Because our system can be accessed from anywhere, your candidates can fill in their sections at home, the office – wherever is most convenient.

Send Applicants to your Nearest Evidence Checker

Have multiple workplaces? No problem. Assign your applicant to the nearest approved Evidence Checker to get the process done quicker.

Pre-populate Information for DBS Renewals

Make the process even quicker! No more time-consuming DBS application renewals as you can prepopulate your candidates forms based on previous information.

Simple Payment

We don’t tie you down into long-term contracts or make you order a minimum number of checks. You simply pay for however many DBS checks you need, when you need them.

DBS Results Returned Quickly

Don’t be left waiting around. Our system is connected to the UK Government Gateway, so your application could be completed in a matter of days, sometimes hours.

Email Updates for Each Application

As your DBS application moves through the process, you’ll be the first to know about it via email updates regarding status changes throughout the application.

Our System Was Designed With Recruiters in Mind

Q: Need to know the closest Evidence checker to your candidate?
A: No problem, just enter the candidate’s postcode and our system will find you the nearest one!

Q: Can I get the candidate to pay for their DBS (Criminal Record Check)?
A: Yes, you can! Our DBS Check for Recruitment Agencies system allows you to decide who pays, and how much!

Q: Can the cost of the DBS Check be split with a Candidate?
A: No problem, you decide the split 50:50, 25:75 or even 66:34!

Q: How does your system help DBS Check for Recruitment Agencies get done quickly?
A: Our system is directly connected to the UK Government’s Gateway, meaning applications are sent directly to the Disclosure and Barring Service with the click of a button. Our experienced team also ensure that all applications submitted by 4pm are sent off the same day (as long as there are no errors! If our team spots something that looks incorrect, we’ll make sure everything is OK with the Evidence Checker before sending).

Q: Need to let your Client know at what stage your candidates’ DBS Checks are at?
A: With our online DBS system, you can track applications easily. You and your candidate can also get email notifications as the application passes through the stages.

Q: How Much Are DBS Check For Recruitment Agencies?
A: Our admin fees start from as little as £3.11, and the Government DBS fee is precisely what the DBS themselves charge – you wouldn’t believe it, but in the past we’ve seen competitors adding a couple of quid to this number on top of their admin fees. Tut tut!

Q: Can The DBS Update Service Be Used After Getting The Result?
A: Yes it can! Just make sure you entered the details onto the Update Service within 30 days of the certificate being issued.

Q: DBS Check Recruitment – Are They Needed?
A: Depending on the role will depend on whether the DBS check is required. Even if it is not legally required, they help recruiters and employers to make informed decisions on whether to recruit someone!

Get Started With Aaron’s Department

If you want to get started with your agency staff’s DBS checks, you can do so right away – since Aaron’s Department is a Registered DBS Umbrella Body, we will process your DBS checks the same day we receive them, to ensure the fastest possible turnaround.

Should you need any further help with what check you require for your staff, you can email us at contact@aaronsdepartment.com or give one of our team a call on +44 113 877 0171.