DBS Checks for Hospices

DBS Checks for hospices are important in making sure vulnerable people in society are being adequately safeguarded.

As such, DBS Checks for hospices are required in many circumstances and roles – whether as a paid employee or as a volunteer.

However, it can be confusing knowing what DBS Checks are appropriate for each role, as well as if there are any major differences in DBS Checks between child and adult hospices.

To help alleviate the confusion we’ve created this guide on DBS Checks for hospices.

dbs checks for hospices

Healthcare professionals


A healthcare professional who engages in regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults is eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check with a subsequent check against the adults’ and children’s barred list.

Regulated activity is work employees are barred from if they are not permitted to work with children and / or vulnerable adults.

Regulated activity must be performed once a week or three or more times in a 30 day period. However, hands-on care or healthcare care to children and adults can only be done once to be eligible for the children and adult’s barred list.

For children, regulated activity would include:

  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Instructing
  • Caring for children
  • Supervising children
  • Providing guidance on health, wellbeing or education

For vulnerable adults, regulated activity would include:

  • Healthcare for adults provided by, or under the direction or supervision of a regulated health care professional
  • Personal care for adults involving hand-on physical assistance
  • Social work
  • Assistance with an adult’s cash, bills or shopping because of their age, illness or disability
  • Assisting in the conduct of an adult’s own affairs under a formal appointment
  • Conveying adults for reasons of age, illness or disability to, from, or between places, where they receive healthcare, personal care or social work arranged via a third party
  • Day-to-day management or supervision of anyone carrying out any of the activities listed above

Healthcare professionals, including clinicians, would fall under this criteria and as such be eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check, as well as a check against the relevant barred list.


Other Enhanced DBS Checks


Hospice employees may still be eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check even if they aren’t healthcare professionals.

An employee would still be eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check with a check against the children’s barred list if they work in a children’s hospice that is registered as a children’s hospital. Only some children’s hospices are also registered as hospitals, so please check this before you apply for this level of DBS Check on behalf of an employee.

If the employee works in a hospice registered as a children’s hospital and fulfill the following criteria then they are eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check with a check against the children’s barred list:

  • The employee has the opportunity to have contact with children as part of their role
  • The employee comes into contact with children at least once a week or more than 3 days in any 30 period, or overnight

This would include any employees that oversee work experience students, for example.


Standard DBS Checks


For workers that work within a hospice setting and have access to patients receiving healthcare but DO NOT engage in regulated activity there is no difference between adult and child hospices in terms of eligibility of roles.

This would include roles that require a Standard DBS Check such as:

  • Catering staff
  • Admin staff
  • Cleaners
  • Maintenance workers


DBS Checks for hospices – Conclusion


The majority of hospice staff are likely to be eligible for a DBS Check, as they are interacting with vulnerable people on a regular basis.

However, the level of DBS Check they are eligible for will change depending on the level of interaction the employee may have with these vulnerable groups.

If an employee does not have access to patients who are receiving healthcare then a Basic DBS Check can be requested.

We hope that this guide has been useful. If you have any questions or would like to know more about DBS Checks for hospices, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re always happy to help out.