Are DBS Checks Transferable

Are DBS Checks Transferable Between Employers? 

DBS, an acronym for Disclosure and Barring Service, is an official record that states an individual’s criminal convictions and is a requirement for candidates working with vulnerable groups. Professions such as health care workers, social service workers, teachers and caregivers are required to complete DBS checks. 

Proper screening is an essential part of any job application. But is a DBS transferable in the case of a change in employment? Due to the variety of DBS checks, such as basic, standard and enhanced, each case varies. However, it is possible to obtain a transferable DBS check. 

We discuss the process involved in transferring DBS checks between employers and job occupations. 

How does a DBS work?

There are various levels of DBS checks that work through several different screening processes. Depending on the profession, you will be required to complete one of the three checks. Understanding the three will help with future DBS transfers because if you choose to alter your career path, your DBS check might no longer suffice. 

  1. Basic DBS check: Suitable for those working in hospitality or construction, the basic DBS will check criminal history, convictions and cautions from the Police National Computer (PNC).
  2. Standard DBS check: Suitable for lawyers and accountants, the standard DBS checks for all cautions, warnings, and reprimands a person has – unspent convictions will appear here.
  3. Enhanced DBS check: An enhanced DBS check requires an employer to request the check on the applicant’s behalf. The check reviews whether an individual is listed on the Children’s Barred List or Adult First list. This check is suitable for most health care professions and education roles. 

Applying for a DBS check online through Care Check ensures that your application is valid and error-free, cost-effective, simple, quick and discreet. 

Are DBS checks transferable between organisations?

Two factors determine whether a DBS check is transferable between employers. 

Firstly, you need to be applying for a position in the same career field – that requires the same type of DBS check. The reason for this is that each check provides a different criterion, and employers might not have access to certain information due to the level of disclosure. 

Secondly, the DBS check is only transferable if you have signed up for an update service. Applicants have 30 days to sign up for an update service once they have received their certificate. Therefore, if you were to change jobs with an update service subscription, your DBS check would remain valid for different employers – provided the career field is not altered.

DBS Update Service

A DBS update service is offered by the Disclosure and Barring Service and houses your DBS check so that it is easily accessible to you and your employers. With your consent, employers can review your check to ensure you are meeting the requirements. 

The applicant will need to pay an annual £13.00 subscription fee, which will allow the DBS check to be transferable between employers. Registration will continue as long as you pay the yearly subscription fee. You can renew your subscription 30 days before it is due to expire.

Do I need a DBS for every job?

You will not need to apply for a new DBS check if you intend to remain in the same industry. If you wish to change career fields, you will need to apply for a new DBS check, obtain the reference number and load it onto the update service system – it will then be transferable.