What DBS Check Do I Need To Be A Carer?
To work as a carer, you will need to obtain an Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List check(s).
An Enhanced DBS Check is required for carers because the role involves engaging in Regulated Activity with children and/or Vulnerable Adults.
Can I Work As A Carer Before My DBS Check Comes Back?
It is against CQC regulations to start work as a carer before your employer has seen your DBS certificate. However, your employer can request an Adult First check to get you in to work sooner, before your DBS certificate arrives.
Adult First checks are designed to allow healthcare staff to start work as soon as possible. With them, the check of the Adults’ Barred List is done sooner than usual, and the results are sent out before the certificate arrives. If these results are clear, the applicant can start work under supervision. Once the DBS certificate arrives, the applicant still has to show it to their employer. For more information on Adult First checks, you can read our latest article, What Are Adult First Checks?
Conclusion – What DBS Check Do I Need To Be A Carer?
In conclusion, to work as a carer, you will need to obtain an Enhanced DBS Check with one or both Barred Lists. Your employer will have to arrange for an Enhanced DBS with Barred List check to be undertaken because it is not possible to apply for an Enhanced DBS check for yourself.
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