Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate (often known as an ‘Enhanced disclosure’ or an ‘Enhanced check’)
Disclosure and Barring Service
For certain positions which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975, as well as being one that is “prescribed” in regulations made under s113B, Part V of the Police Act 1997. The majority of these positions include where there is frequent or intensive contact with children or vulnerable adults, e.g. teachers, doctors or social workers.
What it contains
Convictions, both unspent and spent, held on the PNC which are not eligible for filtering, as well as information as to whether the person is included in a list of people barred from working in regulated activity in relation to children and / or adults (if eligible and requested ). For each conviction, it includes the date of conviction, the court, the offence committed, the date of offence and the sentence/disposal. It also includes any relevant information held on local police records.
How to apply
By post or online via a Registered Body.
Who can apply for it
A Registered Body or an employer (using a Registered Body acting as an Umbrella Body) with your consent
Contact details for Umbrella Bodies can be found online.
£44 (free to volunteers). There is often a charge by an Umbrella Body to undertake the check on behalf of an employer, if the employer is not a Registered Body
How long it takes
Approximately 28 days
It can take longer, especially if one of the larger police forces (for example the Metropolitan Police) are dealing with disclosure under the ‘relevant information’ section. If the local police force have not provided information to the DBS within 60 days, the DBS can escalate your application.
You can make a request after 60 days to have your application escalated by contacting the DBS on 03000 200 190 or by using their online tracking system.
Where it is sent
Link to anonymous example
Wording at the bottom of an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate
This document is an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate within the meaning of section 113B and 116 of the Police Act 1997.
Use of certificate information
The information contained in this certificate is confidential and all recipients must keep it secure and protect it from loss or unauthorised access. This certificate must only be used in accordance with the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS), Code of Practice and any other guidance issued by the DBS. Particular attention must be given to the guidance in the fair use of the information in respect of those whose certificate reveals a conviction or similar information. The DBS will monitor the compliance of Registered Bodies with the Code of Practice and other guidance.
This certificate is issued in accordance with Part V of the Police Act 1997, which creates a number of offences. These offences include forgery or alteration of certificates, obtaining certificates under false pretences, and using a certificate issued to another person as if it was one’s own.
This certificate is not evidence of the identity of the bearer, nor does it establish a person’s entitlement to work in the UK.
The personal details contained in this certificate are those supplied by or on behalf of the person to whom the certificate relates at the time the application was made and that appear to match any conviction or other details linked to that identity.
The information contained in this certificate is derived from police records, and from records held on those who are unsuitable to work with children and/or adults where indicated. The police records are those held on the Police National Computer (PNC), that contains details of Convictions, Cautions, Reprimands and Warnings in England and Wales, and most of the relevant convictions in Scotland and Northern Ireland may also be included. The DBS reserves the right to add new data sources. For the most up to date list of data sources which are searched by the DBS please visit the DBS website.
The other relevant information is disclosed at the discretion of the Chief Police Officers or those of an equivalent level in other policing agencies, who have been approached by the DBS, with due regard to the position sought by the person to whom the certificate relates.
The DBS is not responsible for the accuracy of police records.
If the person to whom this certificate relates is aware of any inaccuracy in the information contained in this certificate, he or she should contact the Countersignatory immediately , in order to prevent an inappropriate decision being made on their suitability. This Countersignatory will advise how to dispute that information, and if requested arrange for it to be referred to the DBS on their behalf.The information should be disputed within 3 months of the date of issue of the certificate.
The DBS will seek to resolve the matter with the source of the record and the person to whom the certificate relates. In some circumstances it may only be possible to resolve a dispute using fingerprints, for which consent of the person to whom the certificate relates will be required.
If the DBS upholds the dispute a new certificate will be issued free of charge. Details of the DBS’s disputes and complaints procedure can be found on the DBS’s website.
How to correct inaccurate information
- If you need to correct inaccurate personal information, such as your name, date of birth or address, you need to raise a data entry dispute.
- However, if your conviction details are incorrect or inaccurate, you need to raise a data source dispute. This can be done online (you complete the form electronically, print and submit it by post) or call 0870 9090 811 for a form.
As the highest level of check, in addition to providing details of a person’s criminal record, it will also include a check of local police records, as well as a check of the Barred Lists, if requested and eligible.
 Use of the word ‘convictions’ in this case refers to convictions, cautions, warnings and final reprimands. It does not include fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, or any other police or other out-of-court disposal