CRB checks were criminal record checks using the Police National Computer (PNC) to see whether an individual had any relevant caution or convictions, mainly for work.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) did these checks between 2002 and 2012, until DBS Checks replaced them, carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

What Types of CRB Checks are There?

There are three types of CRB checks that people can apply for, although there are some limitations.

What is a Basic CRB Check?

This check shows any unspent convictions the individual has and can be applied for by both individuals and employers. 

What is a Standard CRB Check?

Only employers can request this CRB check for their current or any potential employees. This level of disclosure shows both unspent and spent convictions for the individual. 

What is an Enhanced CRB Check?

Again, this check can be requested only by employers for their staff. 

It includes spent and unspent convictions and any information held by Local Police Forces relevant to the check. If legally required, a Children's and/or Vulnerable Adults Barred List check will be done.

Adult First Check

This will tell you (usually within 48 hours) whether the individual is on the Vulnerable Adults Barred List and if they can or cannot work whilst supervised (until the full certificate comes back). An Adult First Check can only be requested as part of an Enhanced check. 

difference between crb checks

What Is The Difference Between the CRB and DBS? 

As mentioned previously, the CRB checks are now called DBS checks, or Disclosure and Barring Service Checks. 

The only difference between the two is the name and what goes on in the background. You can now only request a DBS check, which is much easier than when you had to apply for CRB and ISA checks separately. 

Despite the changes, you get the same details on applicants that you did before. However, if you'd like to read about the history of the two, you can do so in our DBS or CRB - What's The Difference blog.

How Much Is A CRB Check?

The price of a CRB check will depend on what level of disclosure you need. Here are the costs of a CRB check at Aaron's Department:

Basic CRB Check Cost

A Basic CRB costs a government set fee of £23 + an admin fee of £6.95 (+VAT).

The admin fee can also be reduced to as little as £3.97 when you take advantage of our Free Admin Credit Scheme.

Standard CRB Check Cost

A Standard CRB costs a government set fee of £23 + an admin fee of £6.95 (+VAT).

Again, this admin fee can also be reduced to as little as £3.97 when you take advantage of our Free Admin Credit Scheme.

Enhanced CRB Check Cost

An Enhanced CRB costs a government set fee of £40 + an admin fee of £6.95 (+VAT).

You've guessed it - this admin fee can also be reduced to as little as £3.97 when you take advantage of our Free Admin Credit Scheme.

How To Get A CRB Check

If you're an employer who is wanting to get CRB checks for your staff, you will need to go through a Registered Umbrella Body like ourselves.

Umbrella Bodies act as an intermediary between yourself, the employer and the Disclosure and Barring Service that process a CRB (now DBS) check.

Get Started

At Aaron's Department, we have a team of experts who have years of experience dealing with CRB or DBS checking.

If you require any assistance regarding CRB checks when completing your application, don't hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help.

You can get started by registering your organisation for free, or learn more by booking a discovery demo using the buttons below.

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