Criminal Record Checks

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DBS certificates have prevented job offers being made to unsuitable individuals

10 days

are saved during your recruitment process when you use online criminal record checks


of paper applications submitted by organisations to DBS contain errors

Do you face any of these issues?

Too slow

You've sent your manual criminal background check off in the post, but it's been weeks, or even months and you're still waiting.

Application rejection

Your criminal background check application has been rejected due to human error, and you have to start the process again.

Negative past experience

You haven't done a criminal record search on past employees, and you've been held liable for an incident.

You have a duty of care as an employer to protect and safeguard vulnerable people. We all have a part to play.

Make the right decision.

You need to fully understand the people you employ, even more so if they work with children or vulnerable adults. There's no excuse. Don't risk liability.

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Check an individual's criminal background
Make quicker recruitment decisions
Fulfil your 'duty of care'
Protect your organisation

What is a criminal record check?

Online criminal record checks enable you to quickly and efficiently check the criminal background of a potential or existing employee or volunteer, allowing you to make more informed employment decisions.

A standard criminal record search will show you if an applicant has any convictions, spent or unspent, cautions, warnings or reprimands. An enhanced online criminal record check will also identify if an individual is on any 'barred lists' and cannot work with children or vulnerable adults. Police can also add any additional relevant information to an enhanced criminal record search.

Waiting for an incident to happen would be an unnecessary lapse in your duty of care. Although it's not a legal requirement to undertake a criminal record search on an employee who works in regulated activity with children or adults-in-care, it is a criminal offence to knowingly employ, or continue to employ someone who's listed on the Disclosure and Barring Service's (DBS) barred lists.

Online criminal record checks will save you time and money. You won't have to wait months to receive a check past in the post, and your applications won't be rejected due to inaccuracies form human error. Online criminal record searches can be done from a single system, presenting you with fast information so you can make the right decisions.

As an employer, who you choose to hire has consequences. Criminal background searches help safeguard your organisation from reputational damage, and help you fulfil your 'duty of care' to protect children and vulnerable people. Background checks will enable you to demonstrate that you've supported 'Right To Work' processes and will give you a robust recruitment process.

Criminal record check features

Check criminal backgrounds in one online system

Our comprehensive service is registered with both the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Disclosure Scotland, and enables you to perform multiple criminal record checks in one, easy-to-use platform. Reduce processing time and administrative costs with online online criminal background checks.

Data validation

Information entered is validated at the point of entry, removing any inaccuracies and avoiding your criminal record check being rejected - speeding up the whole process.

Tailor to suit your organisation

Choose the criminal record checks you carry out, depending on the role you'r recruiting for. You can also set multiple branches up and user level access.

Detailed audit trail

A full audit trail can help you to demonstrate compliance with legislation.

UK helpdesk

We're just a phone call away if you have any questions. We're a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable team, so we'll be able to help you whether you're an application or an employer.

Service options

Our criminal record searches are available as a hosted or managed system, so you can choose the option that best suits your business.

Flexible payment options

We can transfer the cost of an online criminal record check directly to your applicant if you need.

Update service

Automatically monitor and verify an individual's DBS certificate status.

Information recovery

We offer a certificate retrieval service.


We're ISO27001 certified.

Why you should do criminal record checks

Increase your efficiency

Online validation removes room for human error, saving you time and money, and preventing applications from being rejected. Stop wasting money on postal forms.

Make quicker, better decisions

We'll provide you with the information you need quickly, so you know you're employing the right person for the job.

Protect your reputation

The last thing you want is to be held liable if an incident occurs with one of your employees. Carrying out criminal background checks protects your organisation from potential reputational damage. It's not worth the risk.

Fulfill your 'duty of care'

We've all got an important part to play when it comes to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. Online criminal record checks help you in fulfilling your 'duty of care' as an employer.

GBG products to help

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Don't take our word for it, hear from our customers...

This year, there have been no delays to the applications at all which is completely down to the GBG service.

De Monfort University

We had a large number of Enhanced Disclosures to complete in a short period of time. GBG KnowYourPeople allowed us to efficiently process and track each application through to the DBS; and once complete receive a notification when the Disclosure was completed and whether it contained content or was clear. None of this would have been possible if we were managing the checks on the paper based application forms.

Swindon Borough Council

The new GBG KnowYourPeople system has made my life so much easier. I can now complete DBS applications twice as fast which has resulted in a much quicker criminal record checking process. GBG KnowYourPeople is the most responsive and user-friendly system I have ever used.

Lancashire County Football Association

GBG KnowYourPeople has made the application process a lot simpler for applicants, employers, and the team at Assist HR. One fantastic advantage of the system is our ability to view results, in terms of clear/not clear, before the actual disclosure is dispatched. The system can then also provide us with an official letter confirming the results, which can then be used to speed up the recruitment process.

Assist Resourcing Group

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