In the UK some jobs will require you to have a criminal record check that is called a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Services) and/or if you had lived abroad to show a foreign Certificate of Good Conduct before you can start work. Such jobs include working with children or elderly people.
DBS certificate in the UK
Enhanced Criminal Record Check – DBS certificate can only be applied for through your employer. You will be provided with the necessary forms to fill in, plus you will need 3 proof of identification documents e.g: passport, National Insurance Number, driving licence, utility bill, bank statement, rental agreement, P60, P45 etc. The certificate will be posted to your home address.
Basic Criminal Record Check You might want to show you have no criminal record if you are self employed, working with kids, elderly, or you run a mobile/domestic service, like gardening, cleaning, beauty or fitness therapies, etc. You can apply for a Basic DBS certificate for yourself online – Basic disclosure – it costs £23.
Criminal Record Check from Abroad
If you have lived in another country for 3 months straight within the last 5 years then you will need to obtain proof of your criminal record check from that country. This is known as a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ but it is also commonly known as a ‘Certificate of Clearance’ and a ‘Certificate of No Criminal Conviction’.
How to apply for a foreign Certificate of Good Conduct
Each country has a different application process. You can apply at your countries embassy within the UK or you can apply in your original country. Criminal record check for Countries A – F ; Countries G – P ; Countries Q – Z.