Who Needs an Enhanced DBS Check?

The Disclose and Barrings Service or DBS is the replacement for the CRB checks that are required for a number of jobs. These criminal record checks are required to work in some jobs, voluntary positions and also to foster to adopt a child. There are three types of DBS checks – standard, enhanced and enhanced with list checks. So what jobs would require the enhanced DBS check?

Types of DBS checks

You must be over the age of 16 to have a DBS check run against you. There are three levels that can be requested by employers or organisations. The standard check involves looking at spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

The Enhanced check takes this and adds additional information held by the local police that is considered relevant to the role you are applying for. The third type of check includes a check of the DBS barred lists – these are lists of people considered unsuitable to for with children or adults depending on their history. It is against the law to employ someone in these roles when they are on a barred list.

What kind of work requires Enhanced DBS checks?

Any job that involves working with children or vulnerable adults will require a DBS check and often the Enhanced version. This includes teachers, social workers, child minders, foster carers and people working in the medical profession. In addition, some employers will also require the check such as schools, children’s homes and hospitals.

In addition, a range of other roles will often require a check before someone can be taken on. These includes jobs such as being a solicitor or barrister, accountants or a veterinary surgeon. If you are uncertain if the role you are considering requires the check, there is an online eligibility checking tool offered by the DBS website.

How the check works

The person going through the check, known as the applicant, must provide certain original documents to the potential employer in order to conduct the check. There are various different routes including different documents depending on which you hold. These include things like a passport, driving license and birth certificate as primary identity documents and papers such as bank statements, P45 or council tax statements as financial and social history documents.

Employers can only request DBS checks once the applicant has been successful so they can’t do checks at the interview stage of the process. An employer can withdraw the job offer depending on the results from the check if these weren’t disclosed. Employers also need to confirm the identity of the person as part of DBS checks.

Receiving the results

Once the documents have been submitted, the results of the check are sent to the applicant, not to the employer. It is them up to the applicant to provide the details to the employer if they wish to take up the role. DBS certificates now have a range of security features to ensure they are legitimate.

Information contained in the certificate is accurate for the date the check is done but obviously there can be pending information that isn’t included – these certificates don’t automatically update.