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DBS Eligibility Guide: Which Jobs Require a DBS Check?

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 needed for the position you’re looking to join. There are several 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.

Who is Eligible For a DBS Check?

An employer can request a Basic DBS check for any role. However, there are specific roles where your employer legally requires a Standard or Enhanced DBS check 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.

[Government guidance on Standard DBS checks][Government guidance on Enhanced DBS checks]

DBS Eligibility in the Education Sector 

Working in education covers a broad range of careers that will primarily 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 not limited to:

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

If you’re working in contact with children unsupervised, it is most likely that an Enhanced DBS check will be required.

DBS Eligibility in the Healthcare Sector

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

  • Doctor or Nurse
  • Wider Hospital Staff such as Receptionists, Cleaners, Volunteers (in most cases, a Standard level check is required for these 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.

DBS Eligibility in Legal, Financial and Related Professions

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 on potential employees to confirm eligibility. Jobs in this field that might require a Basic, Standard or Enhanced DBS check include:

  • Accountants
  • Barristers
  • Actuaries
  • Solicitors

DBS Eligibility for Other Positions

There are many other jobs in 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 they are:

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

DBS Eligibility for 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 essential part of the recruitment process and are carried out for the safety of those involved. 

If you’re being asked to submit to a DBS check that you don’t believe you are entitled to, we at Care Check will be glad to confirm or deny eligibility. For enquiries, fill in an application form, call us on 0333 777 8575 or email us at