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Vera Canhoto

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Do I need a DBS check to work with disabled people?

Learn what you need to Know about DBS when working with disabled children and adults

If you want to get a job that involves working with disabled people or children with special needs, you should be asked to get a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

A DBS is an important UK document for employers to decide if it is safe to employ you, as it proves that there is no known reason why an individual may not work with children or vulnerable adults. It involves a background screening for relevant criminal convictions recorded in police and government departments.

Depending on what kind of job you are applying for, there are three different types of DBS checks:

You can use this eligibility tool to check what kind of DBS check you may be required in your profession.


Types of DBS checks available

Basic Disclosure

This is the lowest check level and it is
available for all individuals and
employers living within the UK.

Basic Disclosure checks a person's criminal
history, convictions and cautions from the
police national computer (PNC).

Allows all employers to check a candidate
criminal record to help them decide if the
candidate is fit for employment.

Standard DBS Check

Only employers can obtain the Standard
DBS Check on behalf of their employees.

The standard DBS check is required for
lawyers accountants and other positions of
high responsibility.

This check will ensure that employees or
candidates have no prior offences such as
fraud or financial misconduct. The
applicant's criminal history is checked for
cautions, warnings, reprimends and
convictions received in England, Wales,
Scotland and Northen Ireland.

Enhanced DBS Check

This level is similar to the Standard DBS,
however it also searches the DBS
Children's Barred List or the DBS Adult
First ― a list of individuals who are
barred to work with children or
vulnerable people.

Enhanced DBS Checks are needed to
protect vulnerable groups by ensuring that
employees who have frequent and
unsupervised contact will have a clear
record, so most roles in education and
health care will require the Enhanced DBS
Check.

Who can request a Standard or Enhanced DBS check?

Both the Standard and Enhanced Check can only be applied for by an organisation on behalf of their staff. This may become a problem for the self-employed and sole traders, as they can only request Basic Checks. For this reason, many self-employed individuals are turning to agencies in order to obtain higher level DBS checks when needed. By joining an agency, this allows the organisation to apply for either the Standard Check or Enhanced Check on your behalf. Additionally, depending on the services you offer, your licensing body or local council may also be able to apply for a DBS on your behalf.

Can I use the same DBS across different jobs?

A DBS check does not expire, but it is only accurate at the date the check is carried out and for a specific role. It is up to your new employer to decide whether to accept a DBS certificate that you got for a previous job or ask you to get another DBS check. Now there is something called the DBS Update Servicewhich lets applicants keep their DBS certificates up-to-date online and allows employers to check a certificate online.

What if I previously lived abroad?

DBS checks will not cover the time you lived outside the UK. You must check the rules in the country you lived in.

Do I need a DBS to register with Splinx?

You do not need to have a DBS to register with Splinx, as ultimately it is the employers’ decision if you need one. However, this information will be clearly stated on your profile. Employers seeking a professional are advised from Splinx to give strong preference to professionals that already possess a DBS check or are willing to undertake one.

Learn more:

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Employers seeking a professional are advised
from Splinx to give strong preference
to professionals that already possess a
DBS check or are willing to undertake one.

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