DBS Checks

Who Should Know More About DBS Checks?

DBS checks, or “Disclosure and Barring Service” checks, are a form of criminal record check that is used in the UK. They were created to help employers assess the suitability of people who work with children and vulnerable adults. It can also be used to assess other types of employees including those working in law enforcement jobs. The checkback experts will discuss what a DBS check entails and why it’s important for you to know about it if you plan on hiring someone for a position where they may have contact with children or vulnerable adults.

The first thing to know about DBS checks is that not all of them are the same.


There are a few different types of DBS checks that you may run into, and each one has its own purpose. The most common type is the basic check which can be used for positions such as childcare workers or nannies, home tutors, teachers’ aides and other similar jobs where they will have regular unsupervised contact with children in their care. Other examples include youth leaders at places like YMCAs or scout troops who work directly with young people on an unsupervised basis either indoors or outdoors.

The next type of check is called Standard Check; this version provides more information than the standard check by showing any spent and unspent convictions in addition to cautions registered against individuals in police records even if those cautions were spent.

An Enhanced Check is the third type of check and it shows all spent and unspent convictions, including those that may be deemed protected or barred under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA). This version can only be used in certain cases such as for working with vulnerable adults (i.e., elderly people) who are not able to take care of their own health and hygiene needs; this includes assistance with eating, dressing, bathing etc. It cannot be used for positions like nannies/babysitters where there isn’t a direct relationship between employee and client (or other similar roles); instead an employer should use a basic DBS check in these circumstances if they plan on someone at short notice.