What Companies Provide Criminal Record Checks in the UK?


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Some companies that provide criminal record checks in the United Kingdom are Experian, Mayflower and SterlingBackCheck. SterlingBackCheck also provides a number of other services besides criminal record checks, including credit enquiries, right to work verification, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency reports and reference checks. Employers looking for a criminal record check service can browse this company's products by industry, including aviation, finance, government and health care.

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SterlingBackCheck works with the applicable authorities, including the Disclosure and Barring Service, the Independent Safe Guarding Authority, Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI to provide customers with the most suitable levels of criminal record checks for their needs.

Like SterlingBackCheck, Experian provide three levels of criminal record check. The basic disclosure can be requested by anyone and covers only unspent convictions. The standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as the standard CRB, covers both spent and unspent convictions and includes details of cautions received. Only certain positions of employment, such as security and financial services, are eligible for the standard DBS check. The enhanced DBS check covers everything the standard check does, as well as additional details considered pertinent to the position of employment by the issuing body. The enhanced DBS check is limited to employment with children or vulnerable adults.

Mayflower's services include the above, as well as Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme checks for Scotland-based customers and external ID validation checks.

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