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Criminal record check

DBS checks, also known as criminal record checks, are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for England and Wales. Reed Screening provide an online solution and market-leading turnaround time for companies looking to screen candidates.

All our online screening packages include a DBS check, and we also offer criminal record checks in 210 other countries worldwide. The level of check (Basic, Standard or Enhanced) will be determined based on your role requirements.

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Types of DBS checks

Basic DBS

  • ✔ Unspent criminal convictions
  • ✖ Spent criminal convictions
  • ✖ Inclusion on the Children's Barred List
  • ✖ Inclusion on the Adult's Barred List
  • ✖ Other relevant information*
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Standard DBS

  • ✔ Unspent criminal convictions
  • ✔ Spent criminal convictions
  • ✖ Inclusion on the Children's Barred List
  • ✖ Inclusion on the Adult's Barred List
  • ✖ Other relevant information*
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Enhanced DBS

  • ✔ Unspent criminal convictions
  • ✔ Spent criminal convictions
  • ✔ Inclusion on the Children's Barred List
  • ✔ Inclusion on the Adult's Barred List
  • ✔ Other relevant information*
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About this check

A Basic Criminal Record Check will provide details of any unspent convictions an individual may have and is a key element to making safer recruitment decisions and preventing unsuitable individuals from working within your organisation. This check is available across all employers, roles and responsibilities and is not job specific, unless a higher level of check is required.

About this check

A Standard Criminal Record Check details all criminal history; cautions, warnings, reprimands and convictions. This type of check is a mandatory requirement for individuals working in certain roles of high responsibility such as lawyers, accountants or individuals that have access to sensitive medical information and is essential to eliminating risk to your organisation, employees and customers.

About this check

This is the highest level of check that can be obtained and can be carried out with or without a Child and/or Adult Barred List check. This details any cautions, warnings, reprimands, convictions and any other relevant police information on an individual's criminal history. It is a mandatory requirement for any role included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, specifically roles in which an individual is providing direct care or guidance to children or vulnerable adults.

✶ Held by Local Police Forces (Soft Intelligence Forces Disclosed at Chief Police Officer's Discretion)

Why choose us?

We are experts

With over 60 years’ experience in recruitment, and now over nine years’ experience as pre-employment screening specialists, we have developed a catalogue of screening checks designed to bring security into any business, for any candidate, in any industry. We work with a number of government agencies to ensure your checks are not only efficient but completed to the highest standards, and our friendly team are ready to develop flexible solutions to fit your company’s individual requirements.

Built for scale

As specialists in pre-employment screening, we not only work with small businesses, but also medium and large enterprises who recruit over 50 new employees every year. In 2020 we screened over 120,000 candidates, and currently work with clients that have over 800 new starters every month requiring high level screening. Our service is built for scale, and we can support your recruitment process no matter how many candidates you are welcoming on board.

UK's fastest screening, 24/7

We have a 24-hour screening team of over 140 employees, providing around the clock support to help businesses like yours vet candidates quickly and reliably. We are proud to provide the UK’s fastest pre-employment screening service, with eight-day turnaround across over 500,000 checks. Whatever your screening needs, let us help to remove the risk of hiring for your business.

Solutions built around your candidates

Candidate experience is at the heart of everything we do. We deliver an efficient and flexible screening process that can be seamlessly integrated into your recruitment activities, to communicate with your candidates in the tone of voice they’re used to.

Pay-per-candidate screening packages

All our online Screening Packages include a DBS Check.
The level of check (Basic, Standard or Enhanced) will be determined based on your role requirements.

Prevent (BPSS)

£95 per candidate
VAT not included
  • ID verification
  • Right to work check
  • 3 year work history
  • Criminal record check*
  • 5 year address history
  • Credit check*
  • Sanctions check*
  • Directorship check*
  • Qualifications check
  • Adverse media check

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Protect (BS7858)

£145 per candidate
VAT not included
  • ID verification
  • Right to work check
  • 5 year work history
  • Criminal record check*
  • 5 year address history
  • Credit check*
  • Sanctions check*
  • Directorship check*
  • Qualifications check
  • Adverse media check

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  • ✶ UK checks - additional cost for international checks

Secure

£250 per candidate
VAT not included
  • ID verification
  • Right to work check
  • 5 year work history
  • Criminal record check*
  • 5 year address history
  • Credit check*
  • Sanctions check*
  • Directorship check*
  • Qualifications check
  • Adverse media check

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What our clients say

"Reed Screening provide pre-employment screening services to all of my teams. The quality and speed of the service delivered is outstanding and the turnaround time of high compliance checks is extraordinary. It’s good to know the background checks are in safe hands enabling us to focus on recruiting."

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