Standard DBS Check
What is a Standard DBS Check?
A Standard DBS check contains both a list of spent and unspent convictions, final warnings and reprimands contained on the Police National Computer (PNC).
Unlike a Basic DBS check, only employers and organisations can request a Standard DBS for an individual. They are only available for positions that are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1074 Exceptions Order 1975.
A Standard check is suitable for job roles located in the financial and legal sector, as well as those in education or people in care environments who have regular contact with patients (but are not in healthcare roles).
If you need a DBS check for a healthcare role, by law you need an Enhanced DBS check.
Our Standard DBS checking service starts as low as £3.97 and uses our online system, connected directly to the UK Government's gateway to provide a fast and reliable service. Thanks to an integrated tracking system and inbuilt error checker, it's never been easier to apply for a Standard DBS check!
NOTE: Some unscrupulous providers will tell you that "Any role that is eligible for an Enhanced level DBS is also eligible to obtain a Standard level DBS check".
Please ignore this advice and don't give them your money, or you could end up paying twice! You should always request the highest level of DBS check that you are entitled to apply for by law.
What is Disclosed on a Standard DBS Check?
Spent and Unspent Convictions
What's the Difference Between Spent and Unspent?
These are convictions, final warnings, and/or reprimands from the PNC that have passed a specific amount of time.If spent, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 suggests the individual should be treated as though the offences never happened.
These are convictions, final warnings, and/or reprimands from the PNC that have not passed a specific amount of time.
Some convictions will never become spent, for example, terrorism and sexual offences. Below is a more detailed description of how long it takes for convictions to become spent.
What Is the Filtering of Convictions?
Not all convictions are required to be disclosed. Particular convictions and cautions are filtered out through the Filtering of Convictions and these are not included in a Standard DBS check.
Filtering of Convictions
Convictions from the PNC are filtered as follows: A conviction that didn't result in prison or a suspended prison sentence will not be disclosed in a Standard DBS Certificate after a period eleven years from the date of the initial conviction has passed.*If the conviction was received when the person was under 18 years of age, the period is halved to 5 and a half years.
Exceptions from the Filtering of Convictions
Filtering is nullified if there is more than one conviction on a person's PNC record and in this case, all convictions will be disclosed in a Standard DBS check. This rule does not apply to cautions, however. If they fit the filtering criteria, they will be filtered out no matter how many there are.
Certain Convictions Will Never Be Filtered!
Certain convictions will never be filtered as they can never become spent and because of this, will always be disclosed on a DBS disclosure.
Offences that are committed under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for example, are never filtered from a DBS check.
Filtering of Cautions
A caution will not be disclosed in a Standard DBS Certificate if 6 years after the date of caution has passed. If the caution is received when the person was under 18 years of age, then the caution can be filtered after two years.
What Do You Get From Our Standard DBS Check Service?
What is the Difference Between a Standard and Basic DBS Check?
A Basic DBS check will only display an individual's unspent convictions, final warnings and reprimands. A Standard DBS check shows this, but also shows any spent convictions an individual may have.
Anyone can apply for a Basic DBS, but only an organisation or employer can apply for a Standard DBS Check.
What's the Difference Between a Standard DBS Check and an Enhanced DBS Check?
This is mainly dependent on the role of the individual.
If, for example, you are directly working with vulnerable children and/or adults, then you would need an Enhanced DBS check. However, if you are indirectly working with them, then a Standard DBS check would suffice.
Confused about which DBS Check you need? No problem! Contact us and we'll be more than happy to help!
When Do You Need a Standard Disclosure?
You need a standard disclosure check when the cautions, warnings, and reprimands need to be checked for a job the applicant is applying for.
What Jobs Require a Standard DBS Check?
The Standard disclosure is available for various positions which require the person to be 'in good standing,' i.e. not to have a criminal record. The range of positions that require a Standard check is large. Examples of positions that need this level of disclosure:
While there is no 'official' Standard DBS check job list, we have made a detailed guide that may help you. You can access it here.
How Much Does a Standard DBS Check Cost?
A standard DBS check costs a flat government fee of £23, and then a fee on top to process it, often called an admin fee.
At Aaron's Department, this admin fee costs from as little as £3.97, to a maximum of £6.95 (+VAT) depending on the number of DBS checks done.
How Do I Check My Criminal Record for Free UK?
People who class as volunteers can get their DBS (criminal record) checks for free (with a small admin fee).
Documents Needed For a Standard DBS Check
Some of the most common documents used when applying for a standard DBS check include:
- A Passport.
- UK Driving Licence.
- National Insurance Number.
There are a lot of documents that can be used however, and a full list of these can be found on our DBS application form page.
Volunteers and Standard DBS Checks
Volunteering falls under the same rules as regular work when regarding DBS checks.
Volunteers are eligible for a Standard DBS check if they are to volunteer in a position that falls under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.
The only difference between Standard DBS checks for employees and volunteers is the price. DBS checks for volunteers do not get charged the DBS fee. Charities and organisations hiring volunteers need to pay only the administrative fee of the Umbrella Body to get a DBS check.
Who Receives The Standard DBS Certificate?
The Standard DBS certificate is sent directly to the person that filled in the application.
It is up to the applicant to decide who can see their certificate.
Assigning a Nominated Signatory is easy with Aaron's Department's online system. An assigned Nominated Signatory is a member of the organisation who requested the Standard DBS check in the applicant's name, and they are allowed to view a cleared DBS Certificate before it is printed.
If criminal information is found on the PNC, the Nominated Signatory's permission to view the outcome of the check is revoked automatically. The organisation then has to wait for the applicant to provide the paper DBS certificate once printed.
As of 2013, to ensure the applicant is protected against errors, and to guarantee the right of the applicant to decide to whom they show the information to, DBS certificates are issued to the applicant only.
Aaron's Department Offers Low Price Standard DBS Check for Organisations
Aaron's Department is a DBS Umbrella Body that operates using a bespoke system that is directly connected to the UK Government's gateway. Having this connection ensures the DBS results are returned promptly.
What Standard DBS Check Services Do We Offer?
Besides a direct connection to the UK Government, we offer:
- Low-cost Standard DBS check administrative fees, starting from £3.97
- An error-proof system that fixes mistakes as you go along, ensuring your application is not returned by the DBS
- 3 step free-of-charge registration - you can sign up and start getting your
- Standard DBS results in just a few hours!
- Professional and knowledgeable customer support services ready to answer all your queries regarding DBS checks
- Eligibility guidance, both on our website and through customer support
- Built-in tracking system
Standard DBS Check Online for Organisations Located in England and Wales
If you are an organisation located in England or Wales and are in need of Standard DBS checks for your employees and/or volunteers, you are in the right place. We will process your applications for a minimal fee.