More frequently asked DBS checking questions

In last week’s blog we covered some of the most frequently asked DBS checking questions.

However, there are a few other important points to look at, and this week we’re going to go through a few more FAQs.

frequently asked DBS Checking questions

Do I need a DBS Check?

This has to be one of the most frequently asked DBS checking questions.

A simple way of determining whether you require a DBS Check is whether your job brings you into contact with children or vulnerable adults.

If so, it is highly likely that you will need a DBS Check.

For those caring, teaching or assisting children / vulnerable adults, the most suitable level of check would probably be an Enhanced DBS Check.

If you are not working with children or vulnerable adults then you can request a Basic Disclosure.

Basic Disclosures are often requested when an applicant is not considered eligible for a higher level of Check. Basic Disclosures will still provide details of any unspent convictions an applicant may have.

Only those employers who are required by law to obtain a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check for an employee are allowed to request one.

An employee must have a DBS Check when the employer is legally required to obtain one.

However, some employers that are not working in regulated industries or with children/vulnerable adults may ask applicants to complete a Basic DBS Check as part of the organisations hiring policy.

You can find more information about the types of DBS Check available here.

How do I get a DBS Check?

Another frequently asked DBS checking question surrounds the application process.

A Standard or Enhanced DBS Check can only be requested by employers.

If you’re an employer and want to begin requesting DBS Checks you can register here.

If you are an individual who needs to request a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check you will need your employer to do this on your behalf.

For Basic Disclosures you can apply as either an employer or an individual. This can be done through our website.

When do I need to re-apply?

DBS certificates have no official expiry date.

Therefore it is often left to the employers’ discretion as to when a new DBS application needs to be requested.

If your organisation is regulated by a regulatory body such as Ofsted or CQC then there may be guidance in place regarding when DBS Checks need to be renewed.

If you are working within a job which requires you to move between different establishments then you may wish to consider signing up to the DBS’ Update Service.

Frequently asked DBS checking questions – a summary

The rules and regulations surrounding DBS checking can be confusing and sometimes a little overwhelming.

Hopefully this guide has answered some queries, but these are just three of the more frequently asked DBS checking questions.

If you have any other questions or just want extra information regarding DBS checking processes please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0800 197 8858 or email us at