When applying for a DBS Check one of the most important questions to ask is ‘what level of DBS Check would be most appropriate for this situation’?
To answer this question we’ve put together a guide on the levels of DBS Checks, what convictions may show up on each and what level of DBS Check you may require for an applicant.
What levels of DBS Check are there?
In the UK there are three main levels of DBS Check. These are:
- Basic DBS Checks
- Standard DBS Checks
- Enhanced DBS Checks
Basic DBS Checks
A Basic DBS Check is the lowest level of DBS Check available and has no eligibility requirements. This means that anyone is eligible to apply for a Basic DBS Check as long as they’re over the age of 16.
Unlike other levels of DBS Check, individuals can apply for their own Basic DBS Check. Higher levels of DBS Check must be applied for by an employer on their employee’s behalf.
A Basic DBS Check will detail any unspent convictions the applicant may have.
Standard DBS Checks
In order to qualify for a Standard DBS Check an applicant’s role must be listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.
These are roles that are likely to involve a high level of responsibility, for example:
- Veterinary surgeons
- Chartered accountants
- Barristers and solicitors
However depending on the position the DBS Check will need to be requested through the appropriate regulative body.
A full example of roles can be found in the government’s Standard DBS Check eligibility guide.
A Standard DBS Check will show whether an applicant has any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings.
Enhanced DBS Checks
An applicant will be eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check if their role is listed in both the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Police Act 1997.
Examples of roles can include:
- Teaching, training or instructing children
- Healthcare professionals
- Social workers
An Enhanced DBS Check shows whether an applicant has any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings along with any information deemed relevant from the applicant’s local police force.
Which convictions show on which level of a DBS Check? Conclusion
When applying for a DBS Check on behalf of an applicant it is important to be sure which level of DBS Check they are eligible for.
We hope that this guide has been useful in distinguishing the different types of DBS Checks and what is most appropriate for your organisation.
If you have any further questions, feel free to get in contact with us – we’re always happy to help.