- Aim of this information
- Why is this important?
- Types of roles that commonly require a basic check
- What will be disclosed on a basic check
- What will not be disclosed on a basic check
- How to know whether your convictions are spent
- How you can apply for a basic check
- Frequently asked questions
- More information
- Get involved
Aim of this information
Basic checks can legally be carried out by any employer or voluntary organisation as part of their recruitment process. They may also be required if you need to make an insurance claim.
This information sets out what will be disclosed on a basic check and how you can apply for one. This information forms part of our disclosing to employers section.
Why is this important?
If you’re applying for jobs which may require a basic check, it’s important that you know what will be included on the certificate. This will ensure that you disclose accurately what you’re legally obliged to disclose, while helping to make sure you don’t over disclose.
Types of roles that commonly require a basic check
Any role that is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act can request a basic check, i.e. supermarkets, delivery companies and warehouse roles.
What will be disclosed on a basic check
If you do have unspent convictions, the basic check will give details of the date of conviction, the name of the court you appeared in, the offence committed, the date of the offence and the sentence received.
What will not be disclosed on a basic check
Basic checks do not disclose any convictions which are spent, cautions, fixed penalty notices or allegations.
How to know whether your convictions are spent
This is worked out by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 – see the table below.
You or an employer on your behalf (and with your consent), can apply for a basic check. It costs £25 and is issued by Disclosure Scotland who will send it to you, unless you choose for it to be sent to the employer. It normally takes about 14 days to receive the certificate. If all of your convictions are spent, the certificate will come back ‘blank’.
Find out the contact details of Disclosure Scotland.
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