DBS Checks – The ‘Position Applied For’ field?


The Position Applied For Field

Here at the CRBS, within our bespoke system, for every DBS application submitted, the employer will be required to complete the ‘position applied for’ field on the management section of our portal.

The Disclosure and Barring Service, who are the government body which vet all applications, will therefore examine this part of the application form when assessing the eligibility of an application / applicant.

Although completing this field may sound simple, there are few points to bear in mind to delay the vetting procedure and the application turn around.

Perhaps the most important thing to consider, is that the ‘position applied for’ field should reflect the aspect of their job which entitles a person to a DBS check rather than just their specific job title within normal duties.

The DBS Eligibility 

For instance, a manager in a care home, who is as part of their role, overseeing those who provide care, would be eligible for a DBS check based on this aspect of their job.

Consequently, the ‘position applied for’ should not purely state ‘Manager’ but should reflect their eligibility for a DBS check itself by stating ‘Care Home Manager’.

In addition, many individuals will be entitled to a DBS check based on where they are working rather than the job itself. This is particularly relevant for sub-contractors who are applying for DBS checks.

For example, a heating engineer is not entitled to a DBS check, but by working in a school or care home, meeting the certain legal frequency they would be eligible.

In these cases, the place of work should be reflected in the position applied for field as this is the aspect which will make them eligible for a DBS disclosure.

Therefore ‘Heating Engineer should become ‘Heating Engineer in School or another example would be simply ‘Contractor in Care Home.

As you can see on both of these examples they indicate where they are working and not just what their job title is.

Other Things to Consider

The ‘position applied for’ field also affects other aspects of a DBS application such as the workforce type and any barred list checks that have been requested on the application.

Please find examples below:

An administrator in a care home would be entitled to an enhanced DBS check with no barred lists.

They are eligible for an enhanced disclosure as they are working in a care home however the only way they would be eligible for a check against the adult barred list as well is if that applicant was also offering any personal/health care as part of their job role. At that point, as a result, the ‘position applied for’ should state ‘Care Home Administrator & Carer and not just ‘Care Home Administrator’ as that would get questioned within the DBS regarding the applicant’s eligibility, delaying the result.

After reading this, if you still have any questions regarding the ‘position applied for’ section on an application or need any advice about the DBS checking process in general then please do not hesitate to contact us here at the CRBS on 0800 197 8800