DBS Checks come in three different levels and to ensure you apply for the correct one for yourself or employees, it is especially important to understand what is included at each level.

The role which the individual in question is being hired for will also impact the level of DBS Check needed. Basic, Standard, and Enhanced (with or without barred list checks) are the three levels available, and in the following article, we will take a look at what each one contains.

Basic DBS Check

As the name suggests, this is the most basic level of checking, which will contains details of any unspent convictions or conditional cautions the applicant has.

This level of check can be requested by any individual as well as an employer.

Standard DBS Check

This check contains information of cautions, warnings, and reprimands, as well as any spent and unspent convictions.

Unlike a Basic DBS Check, this can only be applied for by an employer for an employee.

Enhanced DBS Check

This includes all the previous checks from a Standard DBS: cautions, warnings, and reprimands, as well as any spent and unspent convictions.

Local Police Forces can also add any information that they feel is relevant towards the applicant and the application. On top of this, the Enhanced checks can also include a search of the DBS’s Children and/or Adult Barred List, depending on the job role - this is known as an Enhanced DBS check with Barred list.

Again, like the Standard check, only an employer can request an Enhanced DBS Check.


Unspent Convictions

These are convictions and cautions that have not reached a point in time where they should be considered to 'never have happened'.

However, there are many convictions that can never become “spent”, for example:

  • Imprisonment of over 2 years and 6 months.
  • Sexual Offences.
  • Terrorism.

A full list of offences that will always remain unspent can be found here.

Spent Convictions

These are convictions and cautions that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 determine have passed a certain period of time, and should now be considered as if they never happened.

Cautions, Warnings and Reprimands

The above all relate to various types of warnings (both verbal and written) from the police towards an individual. They are usually given when they have committed a minor offence.

DBS Check with Children's Barred List

If a role includes Regulated Activity under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the individual must be checked against the Children’s Barred List. The check will bring back offences (if any) that would stop someone engaging in regulated (or unsupervised) activities with children.

DBS Check with Adult's Barred List

Like the Children’s Barred List, this check will bring back offences (if any) that would prevent someone engaging in regulated (or unsupervised) activity with vulnerable adults.

Get Started Today

At Aaron’s Department, you can apply for a Basic, Standard, or Enhanced DBS Check from as little as £3.97.

If you would like to take advantage of our fast and affordable, error-proof, online system for your DBS checks, you can register your company here.

If you have other questions about anything relating to the DBS, the answer to your question may be on our help and advice page.

Our team of experts are here to help you weekdays from 9am until 5pm – if you have any questions or have any questions, feel free to call on 0113 877 0171, or email at contact@aaronsdepartment.com.