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

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.

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.