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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.

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.

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.

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

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