Eligibility Insights – Who needs a DBS check?

August 29th, 2023 by Matt Tuckey

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks are used to assess an individual’s criminal record and help employers make informed decisions about the suitability of a person for a particular role. But who exactly needs a DBS check? This article offers a concise overview of DBS check eligibility requirements at different levels. It also provides guidance on exploring eligibility.


There is no single exhaustive list of occupations or positions that are required to have a DBS check. Instead, the Disclosure and Barring Service have created an eligibility tool to assist in decision making.

For many employers, it is up to them to run a risk assessment on the employment position to determine the need for a DBS check. It is also up to employers to ensure that they are legally allowed to ask about the relevant conviction information. Overall, the general guidance from the Disclosure and Barring Service is that where a check is mandatory an employer should consult their relevant industry authority. For example, the CQC or DfE.

Who needs a Basic DBS check?

Almost everyone can apply for a basic DBS check as there are no eligibility restrictions. Whether you wish to incorporate safeguards into your pre-employment screening process or are managing volunteers – a basic DBS can provide peace of mind when making onboarding decisions.

Both employers and individuals can request Basic DBS checks

Learn More – Basic DBS Checks

Who needs a Standard DBS Check?

Roles that involve a higher level of responsibility or trust may require a Standard DBS check. So, if you’re hiring or applying for a job that demands an extra level of scrutiny, we advise having a look at the Standard DBS check eligibility guide from the DBS.

Positions such as financial services, legal professions, or supervisory roles commonly request this check.

Still unsure about eligibility? Contact us today to ensure a smooth and reliable Standard DBS checking process.

Learn More – Standard DBS Checks

Who needs an Enhanced DBS Check?

An Enhanced DBS check goes beyond the Standard level, delving deeper into an individual’s criminal history. This check includes both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and warnings. Additionally, this check can also include an adult, children or adult and children barred list check depending on the nature of the role.

Roles involving regular care for, training, supervising or being solely in charge of children would likely be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check. Consequently, employers hiring for healthcare, education, or roles with contact with vulnerable individuals should prioritize this check.

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Don’t overrequest check levels. If the role doesn’t meet requirements, consider standard or basic checks.

Register your organization with DDC – our experienced customer service team is always here to assist you. In addition, our system is flexible and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requirements.

Learn More – Enhanced DBS Checks

Further Guidance and advice on deciding eligibility for a DBS check

As an employer, you are legally responsible for ensuring eligibility before asking a person to complete a standard or enhanced DBS check.

Many Clients are notified by third parties like Local Authorities or Housing Associations to obtain a DBS check. This is often done to meet contractual requirements. As an organisation, we always recommend that you verify with them the reason for the check. This will help to ensure that the correct level is requested and correct results returned.

If you’re still unsure about the eligibility of your employees’ check level, please call our dedicated team today for assistance and guidance.

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