Which care professionals need a DBS check?

If you’re considering a healthcare career then you may be subject to background checks before you commence employment. Care Check have all the advice you may need on DBS checks for healthcare workers! If you have any questions, call us today on 0333 777 8575.

DBS checks for healthcare workers

Any healthcare professional who provides personal care to a vulnerable adult or child is legally required to hold an Enhanced DBS check because their job role would involve providing a level of care that is classified as regulated.

An Enhanced DBS check is the highest level of criminal record check and discloses all spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.

The eligibility criteria would need to be confirmed by defining the job role, what group a person would be coming into contact with and what tasks they would be carrying out. The work environment and time spent there would also need to be considered.

DBS checks for the NHS

Within the NHS framework, as in all care environments and services, there is a requirement for DBS checks for people who are working in close contact, caring for or being responsible for both children and vulnerable adults.

Most people working in healthcare within the NHS would be required to have an Enhanced DBS check with the barring lists checked for the groups they would be working with. For example, a paediatric nurse would have an Enhanced DBS with a children’s barring list check, however, a doctor working with all groups would require an Enhanced check regulated for the child and adult barring list.

All DBS checks are requested on a case by case basis so the employer would need to look at what groups the applicant is working with in order to determine what regulation needs to be checked.

Persons working within the NHS who have incidental contact with patients such as maintenance, admin, domestic and catering staff would be eligible for a standard level check. Please be aware that this level check does not cover the child or adults barring lists.

DBS checks for self-employed carers

Self employed persons cannot request a DBS check on themselves because they cannot ask themselves an exempt question or validate their own identity for the purpose of the check.

Once a DBS check is requested, there has to be an alternative recipient to make an informed recruitment decision. In the case of self employed individuals there is no one to facilitate this need. This problem is very frustrating for people who are self-employed and if a criminal check is required then they would be advised to apply for a Basic DBS check which anyone can apply for and does not hold the same rules.

DBS checks for volunteers working in care

Most volunteers working in care will require an Enhanced DBS check, but eligibility for barring lists checks will depend on whether the volunteer would be unsupervised or not.

A volunteer is a person who is engaged in an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for out of pocket expenses) doing something which aims to benefit an individual or group.

Volunteer eligibility is only applicable if the applicant is not benefiting from the work they are carrying out so people on a course that requires them to volunteer, undertake work experience or work in a trainee position that will transition into a full time role or qualification would not be eligible for the volunteer rate application.


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