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Which DBS check do I need? – Bodyguard

When applying to become a bodyguard, you will be asked to undertake a standard DBS check. A standard DBS check for a bodyguard will verify whether you have any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings in existence on the Police National Computer.

DBS checks for bodyguards became a legal requirement on entry to the profession in 1974 under the UK 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. This type of CRB check can only be requested by your employer.

As a bodyguard, you will need a licence from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to work in most major contexts, such as door supervision, security guarding, close protection, CCTV and cash or valuables in transit.

The SIA are responsible for both public and private sector bodyguards and their application process involves both training and vetting procedures.

Before you complete your application for an SIA Licence, your standard DBS check will need to be completed.

If anything does show on your standard DBS check for a bodyguard, the SIA have clear guidelines to decide how to assess your suitability for the role and any listed convictions do not mean your application will not be accepted.

The decision about applications with criminal offences listed, take into consideration things like, how long ago the conviction was, the sentence or disposal given and the severity of the offence. Visit hub.unlock.org.uk to find out more.