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Which DBS check do I need? – Financial Services: Building Society

If you are planning to work in a building society in the UK, you will need to take a standard DBS check.

DBS checks are statutory checks performed by the Disclosure and Barring Service to confirm a persons suitability for a role.

The Disclosure and Barring Service is a public body sponsored by the Home Office. Their mandate is to keep the public, particularly children and adults safe.

DBS checks for financial services came into force with the introduction of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The act details a wide range of public-facing roles which must undergo a DBS check.

For the financial industry, most roles require a standard DBS check because of the level of influence employees have in role.

There are four types of DBS checks which can be requested. A standard DBS check is a mid-level check that can only be requested by your employer.

The CRB check will involve a search for any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings in existence on the Police National Computer.

This mid-level CRB check is a prerequisite for most positions within the legal and financial sectors, especially roles where work is carried out under Money Laundering Regulations and/ or performs an FCA approved controlled function.

To find out more about your legal rights under the Rehabilitation of Offenders act and the legal requirements of the FCA visit unlock.org/financial-services-sector.

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