Are you Eligible for a DBS Check?

The Disclosure and Barring Service plays a vital role in helping employers understand any criminal cases their staff may have been involved in. An application for a DBS check can be completed by either an employer or the involved person. Eligibility will depend on the kind of Disclosure Certificate being applied for and this can be explained as follows:

Standard Disclosure: when applying for the standard check, the employer is required to ensure that the position being considered by the applicant is included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. A standard disclosure will only apply to occupations that require an employee to have a good character. These may include legal positions, accounting jobs and music training among others.

Enhanced Disclosure: eligibility for this DBS check requires the occupation to be included in the ROA Exceptions Order and also in the Police Act 1997 regulations. You may be required to provide an enhanced disclosure certificate when seeking adoption or applying for a license to operate a gambling den among other things. The results will provide a record of:

– Spent and unspent convictions
– Unspent cautions
– Warnings and Reprimands

Enhanced Check with Barred List Checks: in addition to the eligibility criteria for an enhanced disclosure, the position in question has to be specified in the Police Act 1997 as one that requires an applicant to be checked in the relevant barred lists. Some good examples of these are employment opportunities that involve vulnerable adults and children. Persons interested in such positions will be taken through the appropriate checks and then have their names checked against Children or Adults’ Barred Lists.

By understanding the different eligibility criteria, employers should be able to know the positions that require DBS checks and those that do not. It is also important for applicants to have the same knowledge to ensure that they are only asked for disclosure certificates where necessary.