The PSNI Data Protection Unit does not provide criminal history checks for employment vetting. If you require a disclosure for employment purposes, please contact Access NI on 0300 200 7888.
The current procedure whereby companies require individuals to exercise their rights under Subject Access provisions at section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998, as a form of vetting, is considered to be unlawful.
Under Section 56 of the Act , it is a criminal offence for the employer to ask individuals, as a condition of employment, to go through this process.
If you are going to work as a paid employee or as a volunteer for an organisation and your work will bring you into contact with children or vulnerable adults and have been asked to apply for Criminal Record Check, please access the Access NI website and follow their procedure.
If you require a Criminal Record Check as you are seeking to work with children overseas the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) can provide an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC). This is a specific criminal record check for UK nationals or people who have lived in the UK who need a criminal record check in these circumstances. Further information and an application form can be accessed on the ACRO Criminal Records Office website.