If you’re starting out on your career path or looking to change jobs then you might want to consider what legal requirements or background checks are required for the position you’re looking to join. There are a number of types of jobs in the UK that will require a DBS check for varying reasons and at different levels depending on the nature of work the organisation does. Needing a standard or enhanced DBS check in some cases is legally required by your employer to make sure you are eligible and will depend on the responsibilities your role has in the organisation. Safeguarding procedures for positions that involve regular interaction with sensitive members of society such as children or vulnerable adults are always required and ultimately benefits all those involved.

Jobs that require DBS checks

Education

Working in education covers a broad range of careers that will mostly work with or in proximity to children and young adults so need some extent of safeguarding. Jobs in education that require a DBS check include but are no limited to:

  • Teachers (as well as teaching assistants)
  • Playtime supervisors
  • Dinner Ladies
  • Receptionists
  • Administrators

If you’re in the position of working in contact with children unsupervised then it is most likely that an enhanced DBS check will be required.

Healthcare

The Healthcare sector is another example of a market with a wide spectrum of jobs that can involve providing services to vulnerable adults and children. The jobs that require a DBS check include:

  • Doctor/Nurse
  • Wider Hospital Staff such as Receptionists, Cleaners, Volunteers ( in most cases a Standard level check is required for these specific positions)
  • Pharmacist
  • Social workers
  • Care-Home Staff

Again, with roles working with similar responsibilities to those in education, most organisations will require an enhanced DBS check.

Legal, financial and related professionals

When working in the legal or financial sector, your role may require the management of personal information or the assets of others. Handling data like this is often considered sensitive so it is beneficial for an organisation to perform a background check of the potential employees to confirm eligibility. Jobs in this field that might require a DBS check include:

  • Accountants
  • Barristers
  • Actuaries
  • Solicitors

Other positions

There are many other jobs of which an organisation could ask you for a DBS check including some you may not have considered before. Both paid and volunteering roles are treated the same when considering DBS checks if the posit:

  • Television Crew (including extras)
  • Veterinary Surgeons
  • Traffic Wardens
  • Football & Event Stewards

Volunteering Roles

Volunteering roles will also be subject to the same DBS checks that hold the same responsibilities as their paid counterparts. If you’re volunteering at a school for example, you will still require an enhanced DBS check.

Generally a DBS check for your new job is something you shouldn’t be worried about as they’re an important part of the recruitment process and are carried out for the safety of those involved. If you are unsure whether you’re new role will require a DBS check or have concern in what type of check your potential employers are looking for or similarly if you are uncertain if your employees should be DBS checked and at what level, we at Care Check will be glad to advise you. For your enquiries, contact us on 0333 777 8575 or email us at info@carecheck.co.uk.