Safer Recruitment: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

DBS requirements for a new post

Managers must determine when recruiting for a new post, if it requires:

  • a standard DBS check
  • an enhanced DBS check
  • an enhanced check for regulated activity

Standard DBS checks are only required for a small number of professions / specific posts which are listed within the eligibility of posts on the following website:

GOV.UK: Guidance - DBS guide to eligibility (external website)

The recruiting manager will need to speak to the DBS Lead Officer and present their rationale in order to establish whether an Enhanced DBS Check is required for the post. The DBS Lead officer may refer the decision to the DBS for a final decision in order to ensure that the council are not undertaking any illegal Enhanced DBS checks.

Recruiting managers are to refer to the DBS policy to establish if an Enhanced DBS check is required for the post.

Policy: disclosure and barring services (DBS) (PDF, 2.18MB)

The recruiting manager will need to ensure that job descriptions clearly state the need for an Enhanced DBS disclosure if appropriate. For further information and guidance please contact the DBS Lead Signatory in HR Direct.

Job adverts must also state that the successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure where appropriate.

Information regarding the DBS Code of Practice will be provided by HR Direct, if required.

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