DBS Checks for Individuals: Your Options Explained

Confused about DBS checks for individuals?

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As an individual looking for a DBS check you may find yourself at a loss as to how to obtain one. DBS checks can only be requested by companies or organisations on behalf of their applicants, which can make it challenging for individuals to work out if they need a check, and if so, how to obtain one.

As a result, we’ve created this simple guide to DBS checks for individuals, so you can work out the type of check you need and the options available to you.

How to work out if you need a DBS check

Eligibility is one of the trickier aspects of DBS checks. As an individual, this legislation can be even harder to navigate.

Put simply, the majority of people who are eligible for a DBS check will be working with children or vulnerable adults, whether that’s providing care, teaching or conveying.

Others are eligible for a DBS check based on their place of work, and the potential for interaction with vulnerable groups. For instance, those working in schools, care homes, hospitals, or nurseries will often be eligible for a DBS check.

To work out if you’re eligible for a check, or to confirm which level it should be, the DBS eligibility tool will ask a series of questions to help determine if you require a DBS check.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with us here at CRB Check Online, and we can help you work out which level of check is most suitable.

What to do if you’re not eligible for a DBS check

If you’ve confirmed that you’re not eligible for a DBS check then you can always request a basic criminal record check. This is not a DBS check, but a disclosure offered by another governing body.

This check will detail any unspent convictions you have, which are most commonly referred to as anything recent or serious.

Basic criminal record checks are required for people applying for personal licences and for some visa applications, but anyone who isn’t eligible for a DBS can request one if they want to.

If you’ve been told you need to obtain a criminal record check as an individual, it’s possible they’re referring to this check.

DBS checks for individuals who are eligible

If you’ve confirmed that you are in fact eligible for a DBS check, whether it’s a standard or enhanced check, you cannot request it yourself. If you have an employer, or an organisation you’re volunteering for, then they should request this check on your behalf.

But what should you do if this isn’t an option for you?

Many people eligible for a DBS are self-employed, or operating without a company. In these cases, if you’re obtaining the work which entitles you to a DBS through an agency, then the agency should apply on your behalf.

An example of this is a nanny using a nannying agency to obtain their work. In these instances, the nannying agency should apply for the DBS check on the nanny’s behalf.

If you’re not sourcing work through an agency, then the only other option available to you is to contact your local council. In some cases councils can act as an appropriate organisation to apply for your DBS check. An example of this is a taxi driver who’s licenced but operating without a registered company.

DBS checks for Individuals: a summary

DBS checks for individuals can be a tricky issue. But here are the key points to remember:

  • Individuals should firstly confirm whether they’re eligible for a DBS check
  • If they’re not eligible, a basic disclosure is a good way of obtaining a criminal record check
  • Individuals who are eligible for a DBS should ask any agency they’re sourcing work through to apply on their behalf
  • If they’re not using an agency, and are not working for a company, then their local council may be able to help.

For more information on DBS checks for individuals, get in touch with us today.

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