Criminal Record Checks

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Criminal Record Checks

Get criminal records straight to your desk, faster. Certn makes it easy to better understand your candidates’ backgrounds with expedited, accurate, and compliant checks.

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Look backwards before moving forward with hires.

Know your candidates’ full story.
Certn’s comprehensive criminal record checks unlock insights more quickly.

Get a global view of your candidates’ backgrounds.
Certn’s criminal record checks span 200+ countries and territories — all in one easy-to-use platform.

Ensure you’ve done all the right checks.
Mitigate hiring risks at scale. Certn helps ensure that you’ve properly vetted each candidate’s background.

What you get from Certn’s Criminal Record Checks:

Basic Criminal Record Check – Basic Disclosure

Can be conducted on anyone, with their consent regardless of their position. It provides information on “unspent” convictions.

Our UK criminal record checks are processed via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland or AccessNI platform.

Standard Criminal Record Check – Standard Disclosure

May be issued for people entering certain professions such as members of the legal and accountancy professions.

Standard Disclosure provides details of all “spent” and “unspent” convictions, as well as details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings.

Enhanced Criminal Record Check – Enhanced Disclosure

Can be used for positions in a regulated Activity with a Regulated Activity Provider as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and as amended by the Protection of Freedom Act 2012 (eg. teachers, doctors, nurses).

It includes an additional check to Standard Disclosure: namely a check of local police records for additional information that may be relevant to the post for which the applicant is being considered. These checks don’t involve a barred lists check.

Adult’s and Children’s Barred List

Checks for individuals who’ve been banned from working with children or vulnerable adults. Can be carried out while waiting for an enhanced check.

International Checks

Databases in 200+ countries and territories.

Basic Criminal Record Check – Basic Disclosure

Can be conducted on anyone, with their consent regardless of their position. It provides information on “unspent” convictions.

Our UK criminal record checks are processed via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland or AccessNI platform.

Standard Criminal Record Check – Standard Disclosure

May be issued for people entering certain professions such as members of the legal and accountancy professions.

Standard Disclosure provides details of all “spent” and “unspent” convictions, as well as details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings.

Enhanced Criminal Record Check – Enhanced Disclosure

Can be used for positions in a regulated Activity with a Regulated Activity Provider as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and as amended by the Protection of Freedom Act 2012 (eg. teachers, doctors, nurses).

It includes an additional check to Standard Disclosure: namely a check of local police records for additional information that may be relevant to the post for which the applicant is being considered. These checks don’t involve a barred lists check.

Adult’s and Children’s Barred List

Checks for individuals who’ve been banned from working with children or vulnerable adults. Can be carried out while waiting for an enhanced check.

International Checks

Databases in 200+ countries and territories.

Criminal record checks as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Certn is the easiest way to check your candidates’ backgrounds. There’s no setup fees, no minimums, and no hassle.

1. Select your relevant checks
Pick the products you need — and skip the ones you don’t.

2. Candidates complete checks online
A secure, encrypted link begins the verification process.

3. Your detailed verification report gets created
Results are consolidated and sent for your review.

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Get the world’s easiest criminal record checks with Certn.

FAQs

With our network of global partners and integrations with hiring platforms, Certn offers faster basic, standard, and enhanced criminal record checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland (DS), and AccessNI so you can make more informed decisions.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a UK government agency responsible for processing and providing criminal record checks and other background checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children and adults at risk. The DBS was formed in 2012 through the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Disclosure Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government responsible for carrying out criminal record checks and providing disclosure information for individuals in Scotland. Similar to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in the rest of the UK, Disclosure Scotland helps employers and organizations make informed decisions about the suitability of individuals for roles that involve contact with vulnerable groups.

AccessNI is the criminal record disclosure service for Northern Ireland. Similar to the DBS in England and Wales and Disclosure Scotland in Scotland, AccessNI is responsible for providing criminal record checks and background information for individuals in Northern Ireland.

The availability and disclosure of criminal records varies by jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions have restrictions on the types of convictions that can be reported after a certain period or based on the severity of the offence.

To send a criminal record check to an applicant, all you need is a name and email. The applicant will need to provide their name, date of birth, and sometimes fingerprints.

Our technology and partnerships enable us to provide accurate reports with shorter turnaround times. Plus, with Certn, domestic and international checks are on one platform.

  1. Select and send the checks you want to run from the global product list.
  2. Your candidate receives a secure, encrypted link via email asking them to complete the background check online.
  3. The consolidated results are available in your dashboard or ATS.

No, an Enhanced Criminal Record Check doesn’t involve a check of the barred lists so an extra Barred List Check may be needed.

The Adult’s and Child’s barred lists contains details of people who are barred from applying for, or working in, a Regulated Activity in relation to adults and/or children in England and Wales. The bar is imposed under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

A Barred List Check is an instant check that can be used to confirm a person’s appointment in a Regulated Activity by ensuring they’re not prohibited from working with children and adults. It can also be carried out whilst waiting for the Enhanced Criminal Record Check/Enhanced DBS to be completed. Learn more at DBS barring referral guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Our customers love our criminal record checks

The customer service from Certn Credence has been exceptional. Especially individuals such as Emma are always ready on hand to help out in any way shape or form.
Contracts and Compliance Team Lead Gazelle Global Consulting Limited
I’d definitely recommend Certn. I’ve used 3-4 alternative background screening companies before, and they do not compare at all to the service level provided by Certn.
Human Resources Manager Orchard Global Asset Management
We do background checks and need a quick turnaround for client projects and it’s amazing how quickly Certn provides results.
Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition Large Enterprise Media Company

Certn gives you the speed, security, and scalability you need.

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The world’s easiest background checks

Certn makes everything a cinch — even in a pinch. Our tech-driven checks eliminate bottlenecks and improve time-to-hire by up to 80%.

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Compliance you can count on.

Certn is fully compliant with all UK data protection laws — including UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. By using our secure products and platform, your candidates’ data is always encrypted and stored securely.

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Global screening, local know-how.

Verify the identity of candidates from 200+ countries and territories. With Certn, you can confidently open your business to a world of opportunity.

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Top-rated usability and candidate support.

Impress new hires with ease. Certn’s mobile-friendly digital experience delivers a best-in-class experience from “hello” to “you’re hired”.

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The world’s easiest background checks

Certn makes everything a cinch — even in a pinch. Our tech-driven checks eliminate bottlenecks and improve time-to-hire by up to 80%.

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Compliance you can count on.

Certn is fully compliant with all UK data protection laws — including UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. By using our secure products and platform, your candidates’ data is always encrypted and stored securely.

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Global screening, local know-how.

Verify the identity of candidates from 200+ countries and territories. With Certn, you can confidently open your business to a world of opportunity.

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Top-rated usability and candidate support.

Impress new hires with ease. Certn’s mobile-friendly digital experience delivers a best-in-class experience from “hello” to “you’re hired”.

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Ready for the world’s easiest background checks? It’s time to get Certn.

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