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AccessNI applications

When you apply for certain jobs or some voluntary positions, you may be asked for an AccessNI check. You can apply and pay for your own basic check. Standard and enhanced checks must be applied for through registered bodies. Employers can apply online to become a registered body or appoint counter signatories.

Enhanced check through a registered body

An enhanced check discloses an individual’s full criminal record, giving:

  • spent and unspent convictions
  • relevant cautions, informed warnings and other non-court disposals from the Police National Computer
  • information held by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • information held by the police that is relevant to the role applied for

Enhanced checks are normally needed where the applicant will work or volunteer in a role providing services to, or having close and regular supervision of children or vulnerable adults.

Basic check as an individual

A basic check discloses unspent convictions only.

Basic checks are not suitable for roles working with children or vulnerable adults

Any individual can apply for a basic check. You should apply for one if you have been asked, for example by an employer, or if one is needed for a licence application.

Basic check through a responsible body

A basic check discloses unspent convictions only.

Basic checks are not suitable for roles working with children or vulnerable adults

This application is only available if your employer has been approved by AccessNI to check your identity and countersign your application.

Standard check through a registered body

A standard check discloses an individual’s full criminal record, including spent and unspent convictions from the Police National Computer (PNC).

An individual cannot apply for a standard check. An application for a standard check must be counter-signed by an AccessNI registered organisation.

Standard checks are not suitable for roles working with children or vulnerable adults

AccessNI applications for employers

Apply to become a registered body

An organisation can apply to become a registered body. Only registered bodies can send standard and enhanced checks to AccessNI.

The application to become a registered body must be completed by an appropriate person in the organisation. This person will be checked by AccessNI for criminal records and will act as the lead signatory for the organisation.

Apply to become a counter signatory

Once an organisation has become a registered body, the lead signatory can appoint counter signatories. Only approved signatories are authorised to manage the registered body’s disclosure process. They make applications for checks and receive disclosure certificates.

You can find out more about registered bodies and signatories at the links below.

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