From 1st January 2017, basic disclosures, which are currently provided by Disclosure Scotland will be taken over by the Disclosure and Barring service.

The primary role of DBS is to help employers in England and Wales make safer recruitment decisions to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children. The DBS process over 4 million disclosure checks a year and hold more than 57,000 people on a barred list.

A basic check is available to both individuals and organisations and is processed through the Police National Computer (PNC). They will only disclose unspent convictions, subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and if no such information is available, then this will be stated on the certificate. A basic disclosure is not a legislatively mandatory product, which enables them to be used for all types of roles and are commonly used in roles where a Standard or an Enhanced DBS check are not eligible.