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Which DBS check do I need? – Careers Adviser

As a careers adviser, you can expect to be asked to undergo a DBS check as part of your recruitment process.

DBS checks are formal background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service to safeguard the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults.

The 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act made it a legal requirement for lots of frontline roles to be subject to background checks.

There are four types of DBS checks. As a careers adviser, you could be asked to take a basic or enhanced DBS check, depending on the age of the people you work with.

If you work with under 18s, you will need to take an enhanced DBS check, in line with all other roles which involve interactions with children. However, if you will be working with over 18s, you will only need a basic DBS check.

A basic DBS check for a careers adviser working with over 18s requires a search for any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions.

An enhanced DBS check for a careers adviser working with under 18s will also check for any spent convictions, reprimands, warnings and non-conviction information held by relevant police forces. It could also include a review of the children’s and/ or the vulnerable adults barred lists.

These checks are necessary to ensure the most vulnerable members of our society remain safe. We provide full support for individuals and organisations to complete basic DBS checks online with ease. Visit our home page now or call one of our friendly experts today on 0333 030 0446 to find out more.