DBS Checks for Individuals. Can Individuals apply for a DBS Check?

If you are an individual wanting to obtain a DBS check, you may find that the options are limited.

Individuals are not permitted to submit a DBS application on their own accord because only organisations can request a disclosure on behalf of a staff member or employee.

This leaves many people who wanting DBS Checks for Individuals, in a quandary, particularly if they are self-employed and working in a regulated environment.

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The DBS state that an individual cannot apply for an Enhanced or Standard level check. The reasons for this are as follows:

  • An individual cannot authorise and verify their own ID. If they proceeded to do so, their disclosure would immediately become invalid and removed from the system.
  • Individuals cannot ask themselves exempt questions i.e. do you have any criminal convictions?
  • Enhanced level checks require a disclosure recipient who is going to make an informed recruitment decision.

Self-employed individuals are requested to obtain a criminal record check by organisations that will be utilising their services. However, it is only a basic level disclosure which is available to them.

If you have any questions surrounding DBS checks for self-employed individuals, please call CARE Check on 0333 777 8575

DBS checks for Individuals & self-employed individuals

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From small businesses to large employers and charities. We are adept at obtaining all levels of DBS Checks (Formerly the CRB) for any person within any type of industry.



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