What is an enhanced DBS check?

An enhanced DBS check is suitable for individuals working with children or vulnerable adults. Eligible roles include carers, medical professionals and teachers.

The full list of roles eligible for an enhanced check is available here. For roles that are eligible, barred list checks may also be requested as part of the enhanced check. Individuals cannot apply for enhanced checks on themselves. There must be an employer requesting the check on behalf of the individual.

What does an Enhanced DBS check show?

Enhanced DBS checks show spent and unspent convictions and cautions. They may also show, if requested, inclusions on the children’s and/or adults’ barred lists. Local police forces may also release extra information about the applicant as part of the check. This information is only included when it is relevant to the post the applicant is applying for.

The following information is included for each conviction:

  • Date of conviction
  • Court details
  • Details of the offence
  • Date of offence
  • Sentence details

What roles need an Enhanced check?

Enhanced checks are appropriate for positions working regularly with children or vulnerable adults. This includes roles within the healthcare and teaching sector. The full DBS eligibility criteria is available here. The role must meet the eligibility criteria to be able to apply for this check.

APCS have designed a bespoke eligibility tool to help our customers get the right level of check for their staff. Check our enhanced check tool here to see if you or your staff are eligible. If you are still unsure whether your employees meet the DBS eligibility, please give us a call.

Our processing team have an expert knowledge of the latest DBS guidance and are here to help.

Who can apply for an Enhanced check?

Enhanced DBS checks can only be applied for through an employer or organisation.

Unfortunately, individuals cannot apply for an enhanced DBS check on themselves.

Does an Enhanced DBS Check show cautions?

All Disclosure and Barring Service checks display any unspent convictions and cautions. However, some cautions may be filtered. This means that they will not appear. However, there are certain offences that will always appear. A full list of these offences can be found here.

How much does an Enhanced DBS check cost?

The cost of an enhanced DBS check is £51.20 (£38 DBS fee, APCS admin fee £11.00+VAT) APCS offer a discount on our DBS admin fees if you are a large business with a high volume of checks. If this sounds like your business, give us a call today on 0151 638 6158 for a no obligation quote.

How long does an Enhanced check take?

Enhanced checks usually take longer to complete as they show spent and unspent convictions. APCS currently receive 80% of enhanced checks back within 2 weeks.

We are pleased to offer a discount on our DBS administration fee if you are a large business with a high volume of checks – if this sounds like your business, give us a call today on 0151 638 6158 for a no obligation quote.

Other types of DBS check

Basic Check - £31.20 (inc VAT)



These can be used in a range of different job roles and are also commonly used for visa purposes.

Standard Check - £31.20 (inc VAT)

Standard DBS Checks


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

Find out if you’re eligible for a DBS check

We have created our very own DBS eligibility tool to help you find out whether you, or your employees, could have the enhanced DBS checks!