ACCESNI Criminal Record Check
About criminal record checks
Types of AccessNI checks
AccessNI undertakes basic, standard and enhanced checks. In a check, criminal records and cautions are disclosed appropriate to the level of check. An employer must know the check required for a job or volunteering role. Find out what information is disclosed with each level of check.
A basic AccessNI check contains details of all unspent convictions or will state that no such convictions were found. Anyone can apply for a basic check. An employer can ask all job applicants to apply for a basic check during the recruitment process.
A standard check discloses an individual’s criminal record, giving:
spent and unspent convictions, informed warnings and other non-court disposals from the Police National Computer.
Some old and minor convictions and non-court disposals on a criminal record may not be disclosed. Fixed penalty tickets and parking fines will not be included in a standard check.
Standard checks are only available where the position or role in question is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NI) Order 1978. They are not suitable for roles working with children or vulnerable adults.
An individual cannot apply for a standard check. An application for a standard check must be counter-signed by an AccessNI registered organisation.
You must be 16 years of age or older to get a standard check..
An enhanced check discloses an individual’s full criminal record, giving:
spent and unspent convictions from the Police National Computer
cautions, informed warnings and other non-court disposals from the Police National Computer
information held by the Disclosure and Barring Service (for positions in regulated activity)
information held by the police that is relevant to the role applied for
Some old and minor convictions and non-court disposals on a criminal record may be filtered. Fixed penalty tickets or parking fines will not be included in an enhanced check.
Enhanced checks are normally required where the applicant will work or volunteer in a role providing services to or having close and regular supervision of children and / or vulnerable adults.
An individual cannot apply for an enhanced check. An application for an enhanced check must be counter-signed by an AccessNI registered organisation.
You must be 16 years or over of age to get an enhanced check. The only exception is for family members of an applicant, under 16, where the applicant is registering as a childminder or is seeking to adopt or foster a child.