Standard DBS (formerly CRB) level criminal
Who is eligible for a Standard DBS Check?
Not every job position is eligible for a Standard
DBS Check. To be eligible, the position must be
included in the ROA 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.
Generally speaking, this includes roles in the
financial and security sectors.
Ongoing government contact with the MLA led to
the recent success of the MLA changing the law on
the vetting of locksmiths, with the MLA now written
into the exceptions order for the rehabilitation of
offenders act (a process that lead to the MLA being
debated in the House of Commons and House of
Lords!) thereby enabling the MLA to perform
standard level DBS checks on its members.
What does a Standard DBS Check tell you? Under
the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA),
most convictions are considered to be 'spent' after
a certain period of time, and if no further offence
has taken place. This period of time depends on the
severity of the conviction. Whilst Basic
Disclosures will only list unspent convictions, a
Standard DBS Check will also list spent
convictions. They therefore allow you to make a
more informed decision as to whether or not the
candidate poses any potential risks. A Standard DBS
Check also includes all cautions, reprimands and
warnings held on the Police National Computer in
England and Wales, and may also include most of the
relevant convictions in Scotland and Northern
Ireland. This level of check will also reveal if
the candidate appears on government department
lists of people who are deemed unsuitable to work