DBS Checks for Self-Employed

Currently, employers are heavily relying on Disclosure and Barring Service checks during recruitment to determine whether the candidates are suitable for the available positions. Persons in self-employment may also be required to provide a disclosure certificate especially if they will be working in regulated activities.

Who can apply for the DBS checks?

A person in self employment can apply for a basic DBS check and the disclosure certificate will provide details on unspent convictions. To submit an application for a basic disclosure, you will need to complete an application form and it is now possible to do this online. The verification process will start immediately the data is submitted and you can receive the results just some few days after applying.

As a self-employed person, your services may be required by a relevant organization on contract basis. Such an establishment can also apply for DBS checks on your behalf based on the duties that you will be performing. A standard disclosure is likely to be recommended in most cases and this will help to confirm that you can really be trusted to offer the required services.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks may be recommended where an organization contracts you for services that will be requiring you to work around vulnerable adults or children. These may be positions in schools, homes for the elderly and hospitals among other areas. This will help to confirm that your presence in such establishments will not compromise the safety of the vulnerable persons.

Using an umbrella body

A self-employed person working under a registered body may also need to have a disclosure certificate. Under such circumstances, it is the umbrella organization that will forward the application on behalf of the applicant. The person in self employment will only need to provide the identification documents required to facilitate the required DBS checks.