What Are The Three Types of DBS Check?
There are three different types of DBS check in the UK, each with a different level of detail and suitability for different roles. The three types of DBS check are:
Basic DBS check:
- A Basic DBS check provides details of an individual’s unspent convictions and is available to anyone to apply for. They are commonly used in workplaces where customers would appreciate an extra level of safeguarding – such as a bar, or an airport – but that don’t qualify for a Standard or Enhanced check. They are also sometimes used for personal reasons, such as applying for a visa.
Standard DBS check:
- A Standard DBS check provides details of an individual’s spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and final warnings. It is commonly used for roles in the legal and financial sectors, and sometimes in healthcare settings for staff who don’t have regular contact with Vulnerable Adults.
Enhanced DBS check:
- An Enhanced DBS check provides the same information as a Standard check, as well as any relevant information held by local police forces or other government agencies. It is commonly used for roles that involve regular contact with Children or Vulnerable Adults, or for certain licensing purposes.
Barred List Checks
With the Enhanced DBS check, there is the option to apply for an additional series of checks, known as the Adult’s Barred List check, and the Children’s Barred List check. These checks are required for roles that involve working with Children or Vulnerable Adults. You can read more about the Barred Lists on our dedicated page, linked here: Guide to the Barred Lists.
Adult First Checks
In addition to the above, there is also a separate check called the DBS Adult First check. This is only available for enhanced checks and is used to provide a limited check to allow an individual to start working with vulnerable adults before their full check has been completed. However, it is important to note that this is only available in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the employer.