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Employers, Organisations, Recruitment Agencies Only!

Individuals or self-employed people cannot apply for a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure on themselves. Consider applying for a Basic Disclosure, or ask the organisation who have requested a Disclosure if you can apply through them.

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An Enhanced Disclosure is available for any member of staff or applicant who works, or is applying for work, in what is known as a “prescribed position“. These are the positions which are in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) and have also been named in Police Act Regulations. Regulated Activity with either Children or Vulnerable Adults, certain Judicial Appointments and Gambling Licence Applications are examples of prescribed positions.

Note: No distinction is made between paid or unpaid work.

We've included an example list of people / professions further below however, here's the precise definition given by the CRB:

An employer or organisation may obtain an Enhanced Disclosure for persons undertaking a regulated activity, frequently or intensively.

  • “Frequently” is defined as once a week or more often.
  • “Intensively” is defined as taking place on 4 days or more in a month.

"A regulated activity" is defined as:

Involving contact with children or vulnerable adults and is:

  • Of a specified nature (e.g. teaching, training, supervision, advising or transporting), or
  • In a specified place (e.g. schools, children’s homes, children’s hospitals, detention facilities, care homes)

Note: No distinction is made between paid or unpaid work.

A child is defined as:

  • Anyone under the age of 18 (excluding 16 and 17 year olds in an employment situation)

A vulnerable adult is defined as a person who:

  • Is living in residential accommodation such as a care home.
  • Is living in sheltered housing
  • Is receiving domicillary care in their own home
  • Is receiving any form of health care
  • Is detained in custody
  • Is under supervision of the probation services
  • Is receiving support, assistance or advice for the purpose of allowing them to live independently in accommodation.
  • Is receiving a service or participating in an activity for people who have particular needs because of their age or disability.
  • Is receiving direct payments from a local authority, health, or social care trust.

“Incidental contact” is excluded, where an activity is intended for anyone, and children or vulnerable adults happen to be there.

Examples of professions which require Enhanced Disclosures :

Again, we've included an example list of people / professions below however, it's presented as a rough guide only.

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  • Regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults.
  • Social workers and social care workers Regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of persons aged under 18
  • Child minding and day care posts
  • Adoptive parents
  • Foster parents
  • National Care Standards Commission
  • Dentist
  • Director of private dental or opticians practice
  • Doctor
  • Optician (including ophthalmic optician)
  • Partner in a Pharmacists
  • Partner in a private opticians
  • Pharmacist
  • Betting and gaming
  • Local lottery manager or promoter
  • National Lottery posts
  • Positions in a casino
  • Posts concerned with betting
  • Selling, supplying or maintaining gaming machines

Further Information:

Local Authorities are increasingly making use of their premises for many activities involving children conditional upon Disclosures having been obtained for the staff involved. Similarly churches and other bodies such as the YMCA will follow suit.

Quite apart from complying with requirements, most people welcome the fact that these measures are taken to protect children and vulnerable adults. Organisations that have met this responsibility can offer an additional reassurance to their customers that their staff have been fully vetted.

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