UK Criminal Records Search Procedure
The internet has made the UK Criminal Records Search Procedure even easier than ever before. Now it’s simple to obtain criminal records on individuals located anywhere in the UK, including England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
There are different procedures for obtaining criminal records for England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. But any criminal records search will require, at the very least, the name of the person whose records you’re seeking, and documentation demonstrating that you have a need to obtain such records.
Criminal records checks are conducted by the Disclosure and Disbarring Service. Not every hire , volunteer, or applicant is subject to a criminal records check. Examples of individuals subject to such checks are:
-Jobs or volunteer work that involve individual interaction with children
-Applicants for fostering or adopting children
To conduct a criminal background check, a form must be filled out and certain identity verification documents must be included with that form. The criminal records search costs 44£. Identity verification documents that would be considered acceptable include a passport, driver’s license, or original live birth certificate. Any one of these documents will be enough to establish identity. If these documents are not available, two or more supplementary documents can be used to establish identity.
Remember that when submitting a criminal background check, you must determine whether or not the background check is being done on an eligible employment candidate or individual. Unless the person fits into one of the two categories listed above, it is unlawful to conduct a background check.
For employers, background checks should only be initiated on a successful applicant. That means that individual applicants cannot be checked unless they have received successful or conditional job offers. Large employers that conduct more than 100 background checks a year can register and receive a discounted rate of 300£ per year.
There are other rules when conducting criminal background checks. Employers that utilize criminal background checks must have specific policies on employing ex-offenders. Depending on the circumstance, it may not be possible to exclude individuals with criminal records on the basis of their records alone. Only a codified and vetted policy can justify the refusal to hire an individual ex-offender.