DBS Checks for Employers Guide

Published on 2020-08-24 06:00:38
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Every year, millions of DBS Checks are carried out on behalf of employers in the UK. The checks are there to ensure organizations recruit new employees safely, stopping unsuitable people from being placed in certain positions. They are the essential first step for safeguarding vulnerable groups of people from potential harm.

Depending on your industry, UK law may require you to carry out DBS check on applicants for job roles in your organization. This blog will help you find out more about the levels of DBS and who is eligible for each type of check.

What is a DBS Check

A DBS check is a process that aids employers in making safer recruitment decisions to ensure unsuitable people aren’t employed to prevent them from working with vulnerable groups of adults and children. The check is usually required when a person applies to be employed or volunteer to work in care, with children or vulnerable people in England and Wales. There are separate rules for criminal record checks in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) started after the merging of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Why do Employers need to know this?

If you’re an employer within the professions and sectors mentioned above, it’s your legal duty to ensure you never employ someone unsuitable for the role in question. Your business will be held legally responsible for any safeguarding problems where the right checks haven’t been carried out.

You must also remember which level of check the role is entitled to, as you just can’t apply for a check of your choice. If your organization is legally entitled to request criminal records checks, you must do so. If you’re ever unsure of this you can contact the experts at Care Check or use the UK government’s DBS eligibility checker.

You must also remember that if the job in question doesn’t legally require a criminal record check, then it’s illegal to not employ an individual because of spent convictions. Conversely, DBS checks have no expiration dates, but in certain industries will need to be renewed regularly to ensure your staff is still suitable for their roles.

How to get a DBS Check for an employee

If you need to carry out bulk DBS checks or individual checks, Care Check has various packages available for all employers. We will help you and your employees through the process, giving individuals their DBS certificate as soon as possible. With prices starting from as little as £28, you will find a package that works for your business.