England and Wales DBS Checks

To access the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), employers need to register with an umbrella organisation such as Cataphract. The result is given in the form of a certificate to the employee who must then show this to the employer.

Register a DBS Support Ticket


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Register for DBS Update Service

Disclosure Scotland

Scotland has three levels of check. Standard, Enhanced and membership of the PVG scheme. If you are an employer and your staff live and work in Scotland who need a criminal record check, please call Cataphract and we will arrange these checks for you.

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Access Northern Ireland

You cannot apply for a standard or enhanced check your self. Your application must be counter signed bu an AccessNI registered organisation, such as Cataphract. You can apply online if the organisation who has asked you to get a standard or enhanced check has given you a pin number.

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Apply for Enhanced with Pin Number
Apply for Standard with Pin Number

Basic Disclosures

There is no restriction imposed by law on who can apply for a basic disclosure. This gives details of all unspent convictions. An employer may have asked you to obtain a basic disclosure as part of their recruitment process. In Scotland, England and Wales, these are administered by Disclosure Scotland. In Northern Ireland, this is administered by AccessNI.

Basic Disclosure Scotland
Basic Disclosure Northern Ireland

Cataphract is an umbrella organisation for the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) in England and Wales formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI (for Northern Ireland). We provide a regulated ‘one stop’ service giving access to records held by the police, together with those held by the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

Cataphract has been processing criminal record checks since 2003 and truly believe that the have developed our system to make it as user friendly and simple for the client as possible. Our flexible approach means that the customer can have as much or as little involvement in the management of the process as they wish, from none to full.

Regardless of the involvement selected, Cataphract staff quality controls every application to eliminate errors.

Our service helps to make sure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to work with children and protected adults can’t do regulated work with vulnerable groups.


Number of rejected applications in January 2017