Basic Disclosure – for employers

APCS are an umbrella body for the Disclosure & Barring Service and Disclosure Scotland. Which organisation we use to process a basic disclosure depends on where the applicant lives and works. Although the name suggests otherwise, basic disclosures acquired through Disclosure Scotland can be used throughout the United Kingdom.

Basic disclosures, also referred to as a ‘certificate of good conduct’, are very versatile. They can be used in a range of different job roles and are also commonly used for visa purposes.

What does it show?

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, a conviction becomes spent after a period of time. The rehabilitation period varies according to the sentence given, not to the offence committed. The length of time actually served is irrelevant; the rehabilitation period is determined by the original sentence given. Custodial sentences of more than two and a half years never become spent. Please see the tables below for more information.

Rehabilitation Periods for people living in Scotland.Basic disclosures show any unspent convictions the applicant may have within the United Kingdom.What can it be used for?Anybody can apply for a basic disclosure and it can be used in a range of sectors. It is most commonly used in the construction, catering, technology, gardening and cleaning industries, for self employed individuals and it is becoming increasingly popular for any job roles that do not meet the eligibility criteria for standard and enhanced disclosures (please see the FAQs for more information).DBS Basic Disclosures/ Disclosure Scotland Basic DisclosuresAPCS are both an umbrella body at the Disclosure & Barring Service and Disclosure Scotland.  We provide Basic Disclosures through both the DBS and Disclosure Scotland.  We use both depending on where the applicant lives and works.   use them to provide our basic disclosures. Although the name suggests otherwise, basic disclosures acquired through Disclosure Scotland can be used throughout the United Kingdom. Basic Disclosures through the DBS and Disclosure Scotland, Standard & Enhanced Disclosures

New Rehabilitation Periods as from 10th March 2014 – Affecting people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only. 

For Custodial Sentences
Sentence Length Rehabilitation Period (from end of sentence)
0 – 6 months 2 years
6 – 30 months 4 years
30 months – 4 years 7 years
Over 4 years Never spent

The above periods are halved for persons under 18 at date of conviction (except for custodial sentences of up to 6 months where the buffer period will be 18 months )

For Non-Custodial Sentences
Sentence
Buffer Period (from date of conviction)
Community Order (& Youth Rehabilitation Order) 1 year
Fine 1 year
Absolute Discharge None
Conditional discharge, referral order, reparation order, action plan order, supervision order, bind over order, hospital order Period of order

The above periods are halved for persons under 18 at date of conviction (except for custodial sentences of up to 6 months where the buffer period will be 18 months )

Rehabilitation Periods for people living in Scotland
Sentence
Over  18 when convicted

Rehabilitation  Period

Under  18 when convicted –

Rehabilitation Period

Prison sentence (including suspended sentences) – 6 months to 2.5 years 10 years 5 years
Prison sentence (including suspended sentences) – 6 months or less 7 years 3.5 years
Fines, probation, compensation, community service, reparation orders, curfew orders 5 years 2.5 years
Absolute Discharge 6 months 6 months
Conditional Discharge 1 year 1 year

Basic disclosures show any unspent convictions the applicant may have within the United Kingdom.

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OTHER TYPES OF CHECKS

STANDARD CHECK

Show any spent and/or unspent convictions and any cautions, reprimands and/or final warnings the applicant may have within the UK.

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ENHANCED CHECK

Show any spent and/or unspent convictions, any cautions, reprimands and/or final warnings, Inclusion on children’s and/or adults barred lists.

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