A partner you can trust

At Checks Direct, we’re committed to making every check count to enhance safety for organisations and their communities. We help to check the right people are in the right places for public, private and not-for-profit organisations across a variety of industries.

Our independent and verified background checks give you complete peace of mind, knowing that you’re meeting your industry legislation and the highest standards of safeguarding. We can equip you with cost-effective and smart solutions for all of your checks through our accessible and user-friendly management system.

We pride ourselves on our first-class customer service and our experienced team is on hand to help every step of the way. We have a proven track-record of providing comprehensive checks and fast turnaround times.

4,900

happy clients across the UK

28,800

DBS and other vetting checks processed per year

98 %

of clients would recommend us

27

years of experience in background and vetting checks

The New Directions Group

Checks Direct is part of the New Directions award-winning group of companies.

Collectively the group provides specialist recruitment and training support within education, pharmacy and social care, delivers specialist domiciliary care to individuals and their families, and offers effective online vetting checks to organisations across the UK through Checks Direct.

Find out more about New Directions
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Our mission

Making employment screening, background and vetting checks as accessible and straightforward as possible is our priority. These checks are far more than tick box exercises.

We’re passionate about educating industry leaders and organisations about the value of safeguarding measures to protect themselves and their communities.

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Our values

Upholding our values is at the core of the high standards we set ourselves. We never compromise our culture or principles because we are what we stand for.

Community
Working as a community is core to succeeding as a company. Together with our passion, talent, insight and experience within the community, we’re all committed to the same common purpose.

Innovation
Innovation opens a window of creativity and high performance. Through improved efficiency, productivity, competitive positioning and market share, we will progress to continued success in the future.

Integrity
All individuals are accountable for the highest standards of ethical behaviour. Our fairness and honesty ensures we’re a brand of trust.

Quality
By constantly striving to improve our service delivery, we make sure we build effective and on-going relationships with all our stakeholders to demand this quality of service in everything we do.

Respect
We act in a way that respects the rights and dignity of everyone we come into contact with, ensuring confidentiality and understanding of each individual’s circumstances.

Our history

New Directions, our parent company, has provided specialist recruitment and training services to the education, social care, domiciliary care and pharmacy sectors since 1994.

To meet the thousands of DBS Checks required for the staff we placed, our expert teams developed a purpose-built, highly effective online DBS system. As a result of it’s success, we launched OnlineDBS in 2016 to provide external access to our DBS services and exceptional turnaround times to organisations UK-wide.

Having provided thousands of checks to employers across the UK, we felt it was time to check ourselves. OnlineDBS was given a new look as Checks Direct in 2021 and we continue to grow as industry leaders.

1994

New Directions begins recruitment and training

2016

OnlineDBS provide external access to our DBS services

2021

OnlineDBS gets a new look as Checks Direct

Professional accreditations & partnerships

At Checks Direct, maintaining the quality of our services and products is essential to us. We’re dedicated to continuously achieving the highest industry accreditations and awards to represent our professional standards.

Group awards

Checks Direct is part of the New Directions Group of Companies and we’re proud to have received a number of awards.

View our awards here