Basic Criminal Records Check

A Basic Criminal Record Check enables employers to reduce their risk exposure by disclosing if a candidate has current criminal convictions.

During a Basic Criminal Record Check (also known as a Basic Disclosure) the Police National Computer is searched to return details of unspent convictions. Basic Disclosures are not job role specific so can be undertaken for any employee/position.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are ‘spent’ and ‘unspent’ convictions?

After a certain amount of time, known as the rehabilitation period, a conviction becomes spent. An unspent conviction is one where the rehabilitation period has not yet been completed. The rehabilitation period is determined by the type of sentence and the age of the candidate at the time of sentencing. This page on the HM Government website provides further details.

What should we do if our candidate has convictions?

Employers should not automatically de-select a candidate from the recruitment process if they have convictions. Factors such as the nature of the offence and the relevance to the job role applied for, the age of the candidate at the time of conviction, how long ago it was and whether there was a pattern of repeat offending should be considered. NACRO (England/Wales) and Apex Scotland provide advice to employers regarding recruiting ex-offenders.

Does know your candidate offer criminal checks outside of the uk?

No. We only offer checks within the UK. The procedures and timeframes for criminal record checks vary greatly in other countries. This guide on the Security Industry Authority website explains the process for over 50 countries.