Criminal Record Check Resources

Check a criminal record as an employer
gov.uk

Employers can check the criminal record of someone applying for a role. This is known as getting a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

You can request a more detailed check for certain roles, for example in healthcare or childcare.

DBS checks: Guidance for employers
gov.uk

Guidance for employers about DBS checks, including how to apply, registering with the DBS and the code of practice.

Access Northern Ireland
NIdirect.gov

An AccessNI check is a criminal history record check which provides different levels of information.

Disclosure Scotland
gov.scot

Disclosure Scotland checks and shares information about people's criminal records. This helps organisations to employ the right people for certain types of work, like working with children or protected adults.

Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)
gov.uk

The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safer recruitment decisions each year by processing and issuing DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Scottish Criminal Disclosure Reforms
gov.scot

Further information on criminal disclosure reforms in Scotland

DBS Update Service Guidance
gov.uk

Guidance on DBS changes due to COVID-19

Access NI for Employers
NIdirect.gov

Further information on access for employers in Northern Ireland

Access NI Criminal Records Checks
NIdirect.gov

Further information on regarding criminal checks in Northern Ireland

Scottish Disclosure and criminal record checks
gov.scot

Learn about the types of disclosure for criminal record checks

Criminal record checks when you apply for a role
gov.uk

An overview on employment criminal record checks in England and Wales.

Referencing Resources

Is getting useful references a challenge?
gov.uk

A project to help social care and health employers share effective references and conduct information.

References: worker's rights
gov.uk

An employer does not have an obligation to provide a reference to their employee. However, if they do, the reference must be fair and accurate.

Pre-employment Check Resources

COVID-19 Right to Work checks
gov.uk

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Office announced temporary adjusted changes including remote right to work checking and the 8-week rule

Employer's guide to Right to Work checks
gov.uk

This guide applies to right to work checks conducted on or after 17 December 2020 to establish or retain a statutory excuse from having to pay a civil penalty for employing a person who is not permitted to do the work in question.

Pre-employment screening: A good practice guide
cpni.gov

Further guidelines on pre-employment screening published by CPNI.

Pre-employment Checks Guide
cipd.co.uk

A comprehensive guide by the CIPD on pre-employment checks. 

Internal Fraud Database
cifas.org

The Internal Fraud Database is the only database in the UK that records instances of fraudulent conduct by job applicants and employees in the workforce, helping employers and recruiters identify potential threats to their organisation and protect their workforce. 

National Fraud Database
cifas.org

The National Fraud Database is the most comprehensive database of fraud risk data and intelligence in the UK.

Other Useful Resources

Nacro
https://www.nacro.org.uk/about-us/

A national social justice charity with more than 50 years’ experience of changing lives, building stronger communities, and reducing crime. They house, educate, support, advise, and speak out for and with disadvantaged young people and adults. They are passionate about changing lives.

The Employers' Forum for Reducing Re-offending (EFFRR)
apm-uk.co.uk

EFFRR is a HMPPS-led initiative. They work with business throughout the UK as part of an innovative employer engagement programme, designed to improve the recruitment practices of employers and the job prospects of offenders.

UK Identity Fraud Advisory (UKIFA)
ukifa.co.uk

The UK Identity Fraud Advisory (UKIFA) exists to protect individuals from identity fraud and to help business identify fake identity documents.

SAFERjobs
safer-jobs.com

SAFERjobs is a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation designed to support jobseekers, agency staff, and contractors with any suspected fraud, malpractice, breach of legislation, or poor experience they may encounter. SAFERjobs is supported by the DWP, BEIS, Metropolitan Police, and other government and industry organisations.

Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA)
pbsa.org

The Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB) is a group of UK-based criminal record check professional. The CRTB is a committee within the European Council of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). PBSA was established to represent the interest of companies offering employment and tenant background screening service

Employing People
gov.uk

The best place to find government services and information.

The Association of Compliance Organisations (ASCOR)
theascor.org

The Association of Compliance Organisations(ASCOR) is a group of UK compliance organisations set up to protect non-permanent UK workers such as agency staff, gig workers, zero hours, and other forms of modern employment. The association aims to review trends, share intelligence, develop best practice, and support the raising of standards in the flexible labour market.

CIPD
cipd.org

The professional body for HR and people development

Cifas
cifas.org

Cifas is a not-for-profit fraud prevention membership organisation. They are the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, managing the largest database of instances of fraudulent conduct in the country.

NHS Employers
nhsemployers.org

The employers’ organisation for the NHS in England. Helping employers to develop a sustainable workforce, improve staff experience and be the best employers they can be.

The Safer Recruitment Consortium
saferrecruitmentconsortium.org

The Safer Recruitment Consortium is a partnership between four organisations with the safety and wellbeing of children at their heart

Care Quality Commission
cqc.org

The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England