Northern Ireland Disclosure Service – Access NI

Latest News

July 2018


Access NI has now updated its online application process to include the availability of disclosure certificates by digital means.  Access NI will commence issuing digital certificates, for applications received on or after 17th July, 2018 where no information is recorded.  Disclosure certificates for applications received before this date will be issued on paper.  From 17th July, the default position is that all certificates, for all levels of disclosure, will issue electronically, provided the application has been submitted via the online portal using an applicant’s NIDA account and the certificate is clear.  Certificates that contain criminal history information will continue to be issued through the postal service. read more

May 2018


In-line with new ‘Identity Checking’ arrangements, new forms have been issued.  Any old forms prior to April 18 should be destroyed.  From 1st May only applications submitted on the new forms will be accepted.  The new forms can be downloaded from the link below, together with information on ‘A guide to identify checking’ and ‘List of acceptable documents’.  Please view the AccessNI revised Privacy Notice 3 May 2018 to understand how your personal data is used and your rights under GDPR.


AccessNI are continuing to uncover instances of applicants not including ALL names on their applications, this carries with it a significant risk that disclosures will be inaccurate.

Ensuring the applicant for an AccessNI check is who they say they are is a vital part of the disclosure process.  If the identity of the applicant has not been  verified, then there is an increased risk that accurate criminal history information may not be disclosed, potentially leading to a compromised recruitment decision.  It is highly important the applicant includes details of all names when submitting an application. You can view guidance here …


Looking for an umbrella body?

There are a number of reasons why you may consider using ARC as an umbrella body.

  • Your organisation is small.
  • You require only a small number of checks in the year.
  • You need help and assistance in order to comply with the Access NI Code of Practice.
  • You need help with the interpretation of the information in a disclosure from a more experienced user.

As a registered umbrella organisation with Access NI, the ARC Disclosure Service will provide:

    • a cost effective service.
    • an online checking service to ensure applications are accurate and processed promptly to Access NI. This will assist employers engaging staff as soon as possible
    • model policies and forms so that you meet the Access NI Code of Practice requirements
    • updates on procedure and dissemination of good practice on an ongoing basis
    • a direct interface with Access NI and support for your organisation in interpreting information to ensure the highest levels of safety in engaging personnel.

To use the ARC Online Disclosure Service for carrying out checks in Northern Ireland we require organisations to be registered with us – Registration is FREE …

To register your organisation with the ARC Disclosure Service you will need to complete the following 2 forms

Forward the completed forms either via email or post to Disclosure Service, Association for Real Change, Marsden Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1JY.

Once we have received the completed forms we will register your organisation and provide you with your login details and step-by-step guidance notes, usually within an hour (during business hours) of receipt.

What will it cost?

Disclosure application fees:

  • Enhanced Disclosure check – £33
  • Standard Disclosure check – £26

ARC Administration charges (per application):

All disclosures – £15

If you would like to enquire about our services, please contact us at Disclosure Service, Association for Real Change, 10a Marsden Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1JY or via our dedicated telephone number 01246 541660 or email:


Are you already registered with ARC Disclosure Service and need more information or guidance?