Why do I need a DBS Check?

If you’re applying for a new role there is a chance you may require a valid DBS Check certificate. But why is this?

If you’re unsure why a DBS Check is necessary for your role – or what the purpose of a DBS Check actually is – we have put together a short guide on the roles and requirements of DBS Checks.

why do i need a dbs check

What is a DBS Check?

 

A DBS Check is a Disclosure and Barring Service Check. It has three key purposes:

  • Preventing (and keeping records of) unsuitable individuals from working with vulnerable groups
  • Check if there’s any reason a potential employee is inappropriate for the role that they’ve applied for
  • To respond to referrals from organisations that are concerned that a candidate may not be suitable for a job due to the reasons above

These checks are usually requested by an employer so that they can make safer recruitment decisions.

 

What types of DBS Check are there?

 

There are three types of DBS Checks available:

 

  • Basic DBS Checks are the lowest level of DBS Check available – there are no eligibility requirements in place to apply for one and it is not job specific. It will detail any recent, unspent and/or serious convictions
  • Standard DBS Checks contain comprehensive criminal record information without a check against the barred list. It will detail spent and unspent convictions, as well as any cautions, warnings or reprimands they have received. This check can only be requested for certain roles – often those in finance or law
  • Enhanced DBS Checks are the most comprehensive level of DBS Check available, detailing spent and unspent convictions as well as the ability to check against the child or adults barred list. Police authorities may also disclose any additional relevant information. This level of check is only available in specific roles, typically those involving regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults

 

 

What jobs require a DBS Check?

 

As mentioned above certain roles will require applicants to have a valid DBS Check certificate. Enhanced DBS Checks are necessary in any workplace where employees (or volunteers) are likely to engage in regulated activity with children or vulnerable people. These include:

  • Schools
  • Children’s homes
  • Hospitals
  • Care homes

Additionally DBS Checks are required for employees that handle certain sensitive data, such as employees with access to fostering or adoption records

 

How can I get a DBS Check?

 

If an organisation requires employees or volunteers to have a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check they must apply on their behalf. If a Basic DBS check is required, this can either be obtained by the employer or the applicant.

Self-employed workers who require a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check should ask the organisation they’re working for to apply on their behalf.

 

Why do I need a DBS Check? – Conclusion

 

DBS Checks are a vital part of safeguarding for an organisation, as well as ensuring that they are able to employ suitable candidates.

While applying for a DBS Check can be a confusing process, it is important to consider DBS Checks if you’re in an industry such as teaching or medicine.
We hope our blog has answered your questions. If you’d like any more information, check out the DBS’ guidance for employers, or get in contact with us – we’re always happy to help.