What Jobs Require a DBS Check?
You’ve likely heard of a DBS check even if you have never had one before. For some professions, this check is necessary even before you start work, and while it isn’t common, there is the possibility of candidates being rejected from applying because of what was uncovered in their DBS check. Not all jobs demand a DBS check, so exactly what jobs require a DBS check?
What Does a DBS Check Do?
A DBS check evolved from the previous method called a CRB check. It is designed to go through your criminal history to check your suitability for a job while also considering whether the employer will put his employees and customers at risk by hiring you.
The check covers convictions across an 11-year period if any offenses were committed after you turned 18, and 5 and a half years if these offenses were committed before you turned 18. It also looks at cautions over a 6-year period or a 2-year period if the caution was issued before (legally) becoming an adult.
If the DBS check identifies any problems with unspent convictions, cautions, or offenses that are not stricken from the record (such as child-related crimes, terrorism, or crimes committed abroad) then the company is within their right to reject your job application.
Which Jobs Require a DBS Check?
Now that you understand what a DBS check entails, it’s time to look at the jobs which require one. You will require a DBS check, and maybe even an Enhanced DBS if you are applying for the following jobs:
- Social worker or Carer
- Childminder or Foster Carers
- Nurse, First Responders, or First Aiders
- Private Taxi Drivers who transport adults to health and social care appointments
- Taxi Drivers who transport vulnerable persons
- Anyone who offers Immigration Services and subsequent advice
It’s likely that you already knew that these jobs require a DBS check. However, these are not the only professions that require a DBS check before you can start. If you want to work in an industry that deals with high responsibility, high security, and high scrutiny, then a Basic DBS check will be required, and you may even need a Standard or Enhanced check carrying out, too, depending on the role you are applying for.
These jobs include:
- Solicitors and Barristers
- Accountants and other Financial employees
- Casino workers
- Security guards
Here, it is more about trust that the job entails. Many people believe that DBS checks to ensure the safety of those working with you and interacting with you while on the job. However, there is also the possibility that the applicant is responsible for ‘white-collar offenses’ that could put company finances at risk.
As an applicant, you can apply for your own basic check. However, more detailed reports are the employers responsibility to obtain. These include both the Standard and Enhanced checks that are required for anybody working with vulnerable people.
It is also not always legally required for an applicant to agree to a Basic DBS Check. However, it’s understandable to assume that they do not want to give the employer any reason to reject their application, although if they fear they will be unfairly treated by the employer following any information that comes to light during a Basic DBS check, even when one is not required by the job, then they are within their right to refuse and take action if they feel they have been discriminated against.
Can I Track My DBS Application?
Nowadays, it is easy to complete the form, and you can use the DBS online application to save you time. However, to prevent delays, make sure you include all relevant information and documents and also double-check the details to guarantee that they match with your current name, address, and date of birth.
While a DBS check should take no longer than four weeks, and most are returned to the employer and/or applicant within two weeks, delays can happen either due to errors made by the person who completed the form or because of a backlog of applications that are hindering the process.
If this is the case, then you can use a DBS tracking service to discover the cause of the delay and hopefully speed up the process. Still, give them time to move through your application when possible unless the results of the application are time-sensitive and you need to start your new job immediately.
Ready For Your New Career?
A DBS check can be stressful, even if you know that your record is clean. It’s important to be patient while waiting for the check to come through, but always chase up and track if it feels like it is taking longer than it should. This can help you speed up the process and get you started in your new career as soon as possible.