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Bringing in a new member of staff is always a gamble. Will they fit in? Will they get the job done? However, when it comes to working with vulnerable adults or children getting the right employee is even more important. Meeting someone face to face can only tell you so much but, what about their criminal record? Do they have a history of violence? In order to know your future employee is suitable to work and help protect those that they would be working with a DBS check is required. This article covers the history of the DBS check and the different types to help you make an informed decision.

History of the DBS check

In March 2002 Criminal Records Bureau checks or CRB checks were introduced allowing employers to request reports on a potential candidates criminal record and reassure themselves, staff and the people they worked with.

Then in 2012 the barring part of the service was introduced to the CRB check, which was previously done separately, creating the Disclosure & Barring Service checks or DBS check. The barring part of the check looks at lists of people that have been barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Is a DBS check required?

DBS checks cover a wide range of sectors and positions and are an essential part of a recruitment process for anyone that will be working with vulnerable adults or children. If you are unsure if a DBS check is required the Gov.uk website overs guidance here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-eligibility-guidance

DBS check types

There are 3 types of DBS checks that can be completed, these are:

  • Basic DBS Check – According to the Gov.uk website this check can be used for any purpose, including employment. The check will include details of unspent convictions.
  • Standard DBS Check – This check is for more specific roles, such as a traffic officer. The check will include both spent and unspent convictions as well as any other warnings or cautions the individual has received.
  • Enhanced DBS Check – This included everything within the standard check plus anything that is deemed relevant. It may also contain, if required, a barred list check.

For more details on the type of checks available take a look here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about

How we can help

LMC UK Services offer an online DBS check service with a number of benefits designed to help make the process easier for you. These include:

  • Free registration
  • Telephone support
  • An average 5 working day turnaround
  • An online system reducing errors and processing time

If you are interested in using our services and would like to find out more then give us a call on 0800 953 4020.