Security Watchdog (part of Capita plc) offers three types of Disclosure Scotland checks – Basic, Standard and Enhanced.
You should select your Disclosure Scotland chack based on the risk level of the position you are recruiting for. For most positions this will be the the basic level, whilst positions covering financial duties would select the standard level. Where the position necessitates working with children and at risk adults an enhanced level check is recommended.
A Basic Disclosure (termed as a "criminal conviction certificate" in Part V of the Police Act 1997) is the lowest level of Disclosure and is available to anyone in the UK for any purpose. It contains details of convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 or states that there are no such convictions. it is not job-specific or job related and may be used more than once.
Employers and volunteering organisations are entitled to ask prospective employees/volunteers to obtain a Basic Disclosure as pre-employment check.
This is primarily available to anyone involved in working with children or vulnerable adults, as well as certain other occupations and entry into professions as specified in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. Standard Disclosures shows all conviction information, spent and unspent including cautions. If the post involves working with children or vulnerable adults, the following may also be searched:
This is the highest level of check available to anyone involved in regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of children or vulnerable adults. It is also available in certain licensing purposes and judicial appointments. Enhanced Disclosures contain the same information as the Standard Disclosure but with the addition of any other non-conviction information considered relevant by the police or other Government bodies.
The information included in the Disclosure will depend on the type of Disclosure applied for.
|Type of Disclosure|
|Inclusion on children's list
(where relevant to post applied for)
|Inclusion on adults' list
(where relevant to post applied for)
|Other relevant information held by police forces|
If you would like more information on our employment screening services and advice on which one is right for your organisation please contact us.
40% cheaper than paper applications
No set-up fee
No postal costs
Unlimited amount of users for no extra charge
Enable paper processing administration teams to be deployed to other parts of your business
Swift set-up - typically 1 working day
Results 5-10 days faster than paper applications
No data errors; no rejected applications
Issues of lost or delayed forms via the postal system eliminated
Organisation / Applicant can log in from anywhere that has access to the internet
One log-in provides users with access to multiple divisions
Organisation can be split into different regions / directorates / service levels and areas
Simple Management Information reports at the click of a button to download onto your system (CSV file / Excel spreadsheet)
Key information is automatically archived within the system for as long as you wish
Our customer portal allows direct access for the applicants, providing a stress-free, effortless experience for both applicants and managers
Certificates can be sent to the organisation rather than the applicant – reducing the risk of false certificates being presented
Confirms applicants' honesty and integrity
Applicant data is encrypted
Hosted within an ISO27001, a Capita-owned data centre, and all components of the solution are protected by intrusion detection and intrusion prevention devices
Warm disaster recovery – the system can be up and running within 4 hours in the case of a disaster
Complies with the Disclosure Scotland Code of Practice
Legislative updates maintained
The system provides an intuitive application form that contains strict validation rules, allowing the required data to be captured quickly and easily without errors or omissions and, unlike many existing systems that replicate a mock up online form to capture detail and then manually feed onto a traditional paper form, our route and forms are directly fed into Disclosure Scotland.