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Which DBS check do I need? – Detention Centre (Immigration) Officer

To work as a detention centre (immigration) officer, you will need to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

DBS checks are statutory background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service to verify a person’s suitability for a role. The purpose of DBS checks are to ensure the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults, are kept safe.

What is an enhanced DBS check?

The 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act sets out the requirements for a vast range of roles to undertake DBS checks as part of their vetting process.

An enhanced DBS check for a detention centre (immigration) officer will involve a search for any spent and unspent convictions, reprimands, cautions, warnings and non-conviction information held by relevant police forces.

This type of CRB check is a high level search and is necessary because your work will bring you into close proximity with children and vulnerable adults.

There are four types of DBS checks. The lowest level check is reserved for those who have limited engagement with children and vulnerable adults when carrying out their role, whilst those who engage in close contact are subject the most robust search.

Enhanced DBS checks can only be requested by your employer. An enhanced DBS check for a detention centre (immigration) officer is necessary to ensure the most vulnerable members of our society are kept safe. Visit our home page to learn more about DBS checks today.