AccessNI supplies criminal history information, upon request, to organisations and individuals, primarily to help them make safer recruitment decisions. Some organisations are required by law to consider the suitability of applicants for certain positions or to ensure that they are not barred from working with vulnerable groups.
Who uses AccessNI
A criminal history check, also known as a disclosure, will search your details against UK criminal records and other police information and may disclose details of an applicant's criminal history. The checks could include a search of barred lists which are kept by central government. In Northern Ireland the checks are carried out by AccessNI.
AccessNI can be used by:
- Registered Bodies
- Umbrella Bodies
- community groups
When AccessNI checks are needed
When you apply for certain types of jobs, or some voluntary positions, you may be asked to apply for a criminal history record check. Positions where you might need a check are:
- work that involves close and/or regular contact with children or vulnerable adults
- work in the Civil Service or other government body or in a government building
- work in an airport where planes are based
- work with controlled drugs
- applying for a licence to drive a taxi or a public service vehicle (PSV)
- applying for a licence with the Security Industry Authority
- work in certain professions including accountancy and law
In all cases your employer, or voluntary organisation will advise you if a check is required, what type of check to apply for and what to do next.
What an AccessNI check consists of
An AccessNI check is a criminal history record check which provides different levels of information. They will let an employer know if you have been convicted of a criminal offence or are barred from working with children or other vulnerable groups.
In some cases, a check may also include disclosure of other non-conviction information, sometimes called soft intelligence, if the police consider it is relevant for the purposes of the position being applied for.
Cost of AccessNI checks
A check costs:
- £26 – basic or standard check
- £30 – enhanced check
- £150 - one off registration fee for organisations to use AccessNI services - this includes the processing of registered body details and checks on signatories
- £10 - registration of each counter signatory
- individuals meeting the AccessNI definition of a volunteer may be entitled to a free check
Reprints of disclosure certificates
If you wish to view AccessNI's policy on reprinting disclosure certificates, click on the link below:
How to contact AccessNI
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