APCS is a family owned company specialising in processing criminal record checks; offering a dedicated, highly efficient and cost effective service for a wide range of customers from individuals and small business owners, to major public and private sector companies, organisations, recruitment agencies and many more.
We have designed, built and developed our system with the ease of use in mind, ensuring it is user friendly for individuals and employers alike. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete the application form and our contact details are present throughout should there be any support required during the process. We pride ourselves on our friendly, approachable manner and should there be any queries, we would encourage you to get in touch.
For employers we have developed a bespoke Management Reporting system, in which the employer can logon and see the status of single or multiple applications, track the applications and run reports on all applications processes. This system can be filtered when checking multiple applications, for example it can be filtered so only all disclosed applications are shown.
Our speed of service is second to none, with the fastest completed disclosure being sent back to our client in just 23 minutes!
There are two turnaround times to consider:
1) How fast APCS submit the applications to the DBS (or Disclosure Scotland)
We submit the applications to the DBS within 1 hour of the employer completing the ID checking on their staff. When the DBS finish processing the results, we notify the employer by email within minutes of us receiving the results.
APCS have arguably the fastest processing turnaround times in the industry!
2) How fast the DBS and the relevant police force(s) take to process the application.
There are no exact timescales we can give as to when a disclosure will be completed. Some come back the same day, some in a few days, others take longer. We keep a record of every application we send to the DBS to see how long they take to send the results back.
Please note: No company or organisation has control over how long the DBS and local police forces take to process applications. Once the application has been submitted to the DBS, APCS have to wait until they send us the results back to us electronically.
Rest assured – You’re in safe hands!
Should there be any delays by the DBS or local police force(s) then APCS chase the applications at appropriate points on your behalf until they are completed. All part and parcel of our service!
Our eBulk application error rate is under 0.1% (one tenth of one percent)!
The main reason for our such low error rate is the data entered onto our bespoke online system is validated upon entry – the system will tell the applicant if they have made a mistake.
APCS has been processing disclosures since criminal record checks first began in 2002.
In 2010 we introduced our fully owned and operated online DBS check facility which has been fully tested, vetted and approved by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Our client base has grown significantly over the years and now we are the largest provider of DBS checks in the North West of England. With a client base of over 8000, we submit over 100,000 checks per year!
APCS has no connection with any other business. We used our expert knowledge to build and develop our own, unique disclosure processing platform, ensuring the system is easy to navigate and our application forms simple to complete.
We do not charge any set up or registration fees. You pay only for the applications you submit.
The costs for disclosure clearance vary with the level of check. The government have their own set fees which are outlined below:
Basic Disclosure: £25
Standard Disclosure: £26
Enhanced Disclosure: £44
(Please note that the standard and enhanced fees are not applicable if the applicant meets the volunteer status – see volunteer eligibility below. Please also note that there is not a volunteer status for basic disclosures)
The DBS process applications from volunteers free of charge. Only the APCS administration charge applies. The DBS define a volunteer as an applicant who is not in receipt of any payment (other than out of pocket expenses), and is:-
Not on a work placement.
Not on a course that requires them to do this job role.
Not in a trainee position that will lead to a full time role or qualification.
Not a foster carer or a member of the same household.
Not a family member of a foster carer who acts as a ‘back-up carer’.
By ticking the volunteer box you are confirming that none of the above apply.
The DBS frequently challenge applications with a volunteer status that appears doubtful. If we can’t convince them that the status is correct, we are charged retrospectively for the application and we would have to pass the charge on to the organisation concerned.
We are able to offer competitive administration fees on all of our disclosures. Please call us today for a free, no obligation quote.
We also offer overseas criminal record checks, financial and security checks. For more information, please click on the ‘Other Services’ link to the left of this page, alternatively please call us on 0845 643 1145 (local rate) for a friendly, no obligation chat