DBS Checks for People Working in a Care Home

This guide will help you decipher which DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check each of your staff will need.

As the candidates will likely be engaging in regulated activity with vulnerable adults, they will more than likely need to undergo an Enhanced DBS Check, with some of your staff needing the Adults Barred List check as well. 

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DBS Checks When Working in a Nursing or Residential Care Home

If your staff are working in nursing or residential care homes, you can get your Nurses and Carers to work quickly with Aaron's Department DBS checks.

Our simple, yet effective system allows you to easily complete your DBS applications and get your candidates into supervised work with 48 hours when you apply for an Adult First check, as part of the Enhanced DBS check.

By undertaking DBS checks on healthcare staff, the risk of the hiring process is greatly reduced. DBS checks are not only necessary for the safety of residents and those in their care but also to ensure a suitable candidate is hired.

What Are Vulnerable Adults?

Vulnerable Adults are classed as those over 18 years old who are 'in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.' (UK Government)

What Level Of DBS Check Do You Need to Work in a Nursing or Residential Care Home?

As previously mentioned, depending on the role the applicant will undertake will depend on what they are legally allowed to apply for. 

Enhanced DBS Check Without Adult Barred List

These are the roles that do not provide hands-on healthcare to vulnerable adults, but rather just engage in regulated activity. This must also be performed more than once a week or three times a month. 

Roles Which Typically Require an Enhanced DBS Check With No Adult Barred List


Administrators / Receptionists

Kitchen Staff


Enhanced DBS Check With Adult Barred List

Those roles which are likely to be engaging in regulated activity with vulnerable adults will require a check against the Adults Barred List. 

The Adult Barred List is what it says on the tin - a list of people who are banned from working with Vulnerable Adults. 

To apply for the Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List, the candidate needs to meet the legal requirements of needing one for their job role - in this case, providing personal assistance, engaging in, or supervising the following:



Personal Care (e.g Helping to Eat)

Handling Cash, Shopping or Bills

Transporting an Individual

Social Work

Adult First Checks

The DBS Adult First Check allows employees to start engaging in regulated activities (whilst being supervised) before the full Enhanced DBS Check with Adult Barred List certificate is completed and returned.

This service is only available to employers who are eligible to access the DBS's Adult's Barred List and who have requested a check of the Barred Lists on the DBS application form.

This service costs a Government flat fee of £6 and a small admin fee from just £2.29. You can read more about the Adults First Check on our dedicated page. 

How Much Does a DBS Check Cost for Nursing or Residential Care Home Workers?

Enhanced DBS Check with Adult Barred List Check = £40 (Government Fee) + £6.95 (Admin Fee*) 

Enhanced DBS Check with Adult Barred List Check = £40 (Government Fee) + £6.95 (Admin Fee*) 
With the Additional Adult First Check = £6 (Government Fee) + £4 (Admin Fee*)

*The admin fee can be reduced to as little as £3.97 for the DBS Check and £2.29 for the Adult First check, and you can read about this on our pricing page.

How Employers of Care Home Staff Can Benefit From Our Online DBS Check System

Built-in Tracking System

Our system incorporates a built-in tracking service and automatic email updates which allows you to keep track of the status of your application(s), showing you which stage it is at.

Complete The DBS Application Anywhere

From the classroom to the applicant's home, Aaron's Department DBS can be accessed wherever is the most convenient thanks to our online system. 

No Contracts or Hidden Fees

No nasty shocks when you sign up with us! No registration fees or minimum checks required - just use what you want, when you want.

Dedicated Customer Support

No matter your question, big or small, our experienced team will be happy to help! Simply give us a call, or drop an email, and we'll help you however we can.

Fast DBS Results

Whether you're a teacher, cleaner, or volunteer, you don't have to wait around for your DBS check! We process and send all DBS checks the same day (received before 4pm).

Affordable DBS Checks

Nobody should over-pay for their DBS checks, especially when they play such a crucial in safeguarding vulnerable adults.
Our admin fees start from as little as £3.97.

You can read more about the benefits which we offer by visiting our dedicated DBS Benefits page.

Get Started Today

If you want to get started with your staff's DBS checks, you can do so right away! As Aaron's Department is a Registered DBS Umbrella Body, we will process your Enhanced DBS check requests the same day as receiving them, to ensure the fastest possible turnaround.

Should you need any further help with what check you require for your staff, you can email us at contact@aaronsdepartment.com or give one of our team a call on +44 113 877 0171.