Exploring the different types of DBS checks

19th Apr 2024

Unlocking the Layers: A Dive into Various DBS Checks

types of DBS checks

In this blog, we’re diving into the diverse types of checks available. From basic to enhanced with barred list, each type offers a unique perspective on an individual’s background. Join us as we unravel the differences and discover why they matter in safeguarding roles and industries.


Basic DBS checks

What is a basic DBS check?

A basic DBS check is the most fundamental level of criminal record check available in the UK. It provides a summary of an individual’s unspent convictions and conditional cautions, offering a snapshot of their criminal record.


Do I need a Basic DBS check?

A basic DBS check can be used for any position or purpose, however for certain roles, you may need a higher level of DBS check such as standard or enhanced.

Listed below are some roles that may consider a basic DBS check:

  • Voluntary Work: If you’re considering volunteering your time to support a charitable cause or community organisation, they may ask for a basic DBS check to verify your suitability for the role. Even if the role doesn’t involve direct contact with vulnerable individuals, organisations may still require this level of assurance.


  • Professional Licensing: Certain professionals, such as taxi drivers or private hire vehicle operators, may need a basic DBS check as part of their licensing requirements. This ensures public safety and maintains trust in regulated industries.


  • Contracting or self-employment: Freelancers, contractors, and self-employed individuals might encounter requests for basic DBS checks from clients or companies they work with. This serves as a precautionary measure to demonstrate credibility and reliability in business relationships.



Standard DBS checks

What is a standard DBS check?

A standard DBS check is a more in-depth criminal record check than the basic one. Individuals cannot apply directly for a standard disclosure, this will be carried out by the employers or organisations for the roles that require it.

A standard check will show any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, or warnings the applicant has.


Do I need a standard DBS check?

Listed below are some roles that may consider a basic DBS check:

  • Finance and Banking: Roles in the finance and banking sector, especially those involving handling sensitive financial information or transactions, may be require standard DBS checks to assess an individual’s integrity and trustworthiness.


  • Legal Professions: Solictitors, barristers, and other legal professionals may require standard DBS checks, particularly if they handle sensitive legal matters or work closely with clients in vulnerable situations.


  • Hospitality and Leisure: Some roles in the hospitality and leisure industry, such as hotel managers, event coordinators, and leisure centre staff, may require standard DBS checks, particularly if they involve supervising or working closely with members of the public including children and vulnerable adults.


Enhanced DBS checks

What is an enhanced DBS check?

An enhanced DBS check is the highest level of criminal record check available in the UK. It provides the most comprehensive information about an individual’s criminal history compared to basic and standard checks.

An enhanced check will show any 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.


Do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Listed below are some roles that may consider a basic DBS check:

  • Education and schools: Teachers, teaching assistants, school administrators, and other staff working in educational settings often require enhanced DBS checks due to regular contact with children and young people.


  • Healthcare and Social Care: Healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, care workers, and social workers frequently undergo enhanced DBS checks, particularly if they work in hospitals, care homes, or provide services to vulnerable individuals.


  • Dental Professionals: Dental professionals who have direct contact with patients, such as dentists, dental hygienists, dental nurses, and dental assistants, will require an enhanced DBS check.


What are the costs of DBS checks?

At Cavity, we offer both standard and enhanced DBS checks.

Standard – £18.00

Enhanced – £38.00

Admin Fee – £13.50 + VAT (if more than 3 we will reduce to £12.00 + VAT each)

Document Verification – £11 + VAT


How to apply for a DBS check?

There are multiple ways you can book with us including our online form, through email, or you can give us a call.

You will need to provide details such as:

  • Applicants full name
  • Email address
  • Telephone Number
  • Date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • Address history for the past 5 years including in the UK and abroad.


You must also provide some documents such as:

  • Driving licence
  • Passport
  • Proof of address

After we have received all the required information, we will then complete the official paper application form. You will receive this for signing along with an invoice. You will need to sign and return to us for processing. Lastly, we will email you your track and trace number, allowing you to keep track of the process of your DBS.


From basic checks for everyday jobs to enhanced checks for roles working closely with vulnerable individuals, each type serves its purpose in ensuring suitability. If you are unsure what DBS check you may need, head to