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DBS Checks

3rd Nov 2023

A DBS check is a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Previously known as a CRB check (Criminal Record Bureau). For certain job roles, a crucial aspect of hiring a new staff member is conducting a thorough background check. And in order to work with patients, you will need to have an up to date check in place.

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What is a DBS Check?

DBS checks can help employers determine whether a candidate is suitable or not. They can see if they have currently got or previously had any convictions that could make them unsuitable to work in specific job roles.

A DBS check includes searches for any cautions, warnings, reprimands & convictions.

A DBS check can be done by post or online. Employers can request them when hiring employees for certain job roles such as working in childcare, vulnerable adults, and healthcare, including dentistry.

What jobs require DBS checks?

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DBS checks are used to ensure that employees are suitable for the job they are being hired for. And no not all jobs require you to hold a DBS check.

However certain jobs do, such as:

  • dentists,
  • dental nurses,
  • doctors,
  • nurses,
  • teachers,
  • nursery workers,
  • childminders will require a DBS check.

Some volunteer roles also require them such as a Scout leader, Rainbow/Brownie leaders and volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults as in respite centres for example.

Different types of DBS checks

There are 3 different types of DBS checks.

  • Basic
  • Standard
  • Enhanced

At Cavity we offer Standard and Enhanced DBS checks, you can apply for a Basic DBS check yourself.

An Enhanced DBS is a more in-depth check into the applicant’s background, some positions require this however others do not, so you will need to know which is relevant to your position.

What is a Standard DBS check?

A standard DBS check is an in-depth criminal record check used by employers to ensure applicants are suitable for the role in question. Requested only by employers.

What does a Standard DBS check cover?

  • Caution
  • Convictions
  • Reprimands and warnings (now replaced by youth cautions)
  • Previously stepped-down cautions or convictions

What jobs require a Standard DBS check?

Here are some professions that will require a Standard DBS check:

  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Security guard

What is an Enhanced DBS check?

Similar to the Standard DBS check, this level is only available to employers. When working with children or vulnerable adults, you will mostly like need an Enhanced DBS check.

What does an Enhanced DBS check cover?

  • Spent or unspent convictions
  • Cautions
  • Reprimands or warnings the applicant has, as well as any other relevant information held by the applicant’s local police force

TeacherWhat jobs require an Enhanced DBS check?

Here are just some professions that will require an Enhanced DBS check:

    • Roles within the education sector, e.g. Teachers, Teaching assistants and support staff
    • Dental Professionals
    • Caregivers
    • Social Workers
    • Anyone registered with CQC needs to have an Enhanced DBS check.

How do I get a DBS check?

Depending on which level of DBS check you require, different routes can be taken to get one. If you are starting a job which requires a DBS check, your employer should apply on your behalf. If an Enhanced DBS check is needed, only an organisation such as your new employer can apply for that.

Cavity DBS can help for both levels of certificate, we take your initial request via email or through our dedicated DBS website www.cavitydbs.co.uk.

At that point, you provide us with the required information we need to complete the form, such as all previous names known by, a full 5 years of address history, driving licence number and National Insurance number among other pieces of information. We complete the DBS application form on your behalf which then gets sent to you to check over and sign. Once you have signed it, we receive it back and once payment has been made, we then finish off our vetting checks and then the form is sent for processing.

Once the form has been sent for processing, the DBS certificate is delivered by post to your home address. The form can take up to 6 weeks to be returned to you.

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