If you have been sentenced for a crime, you will get a criminal record, even if you were given an absolute discharge. Read on to find out more...
The information included in a criminal record includes criminal convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands, and any other information the police may hold on you.
Checks can be requested for any role that involves working with children or vulnerable adults, jobs with the police or courts, and various other positions. Find out more on Gov.uk
There are three types of DBS check:
- Standard: Covers spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings
- Enhanced: Covers everything in the standard check, plus any additional information that the police think is relevant to the role
- Enhanced with list checks: Covers everything in the enhanced check, plus a check of the DBS barred lists
There are exceptions to this. For some jobs, you have to tell your employer about spent convictions, and they are allowed to refuse to take you on based on them. These include:
- Working with children or vulnerable adults
- Some jobs in law enforcement, courts and the prison service
- Private security jobs
- Jobs involving national security.
The length of time before a conviction becomes spent depends on how serious it is. Some serious convictions never become spent. Find out more about how long it takes for convictions to become spent.
- A written request - some police forces have a form to complete
- A £10 fee
- Proof of your identity
- A photograph, if you are requesting CCTV footage
The police can also refuse to provide information they hold on you if it relates to an ongoing investigation, or if it would affect their ability to prevent or detect crime.
You can request information from the prison service, court service and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) using the same process.
You can also get a 'basic disclosure' from Disclosure Scotland, which will give details of any unspent convictions. There is a £25 fee for this.