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Which DBS check do I need? – Fire Service

To work in the UK Fire Service you will need to take a basic DBS check.

What is a basic DBS check?

DBS checks in the UK are administered by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Disclosure and Barring Service is a public body sponsored by the Home Office. If you live in Scotland, your DBS check will be managed by Disclosure Scotland.

The Disclosure and Barring Service exists to safeguard the public. DBS checks are used to ensure the public, particularly vulnerable children and adults, are protected from those who are unsuitable for public-facing roles.

For roles where a DBS check forms part of the vetting process, you will undergo a formal search for any criminal records according to the type of CRB check required.

The results of the search are displayed on your DBS certificate which must be shown to your employer before you can commence employment.

What will a basic DBS show?

A basic DBS check for the UK Fire Service will require a search for any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions. The terms of this search are set out in the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

Although the legislation requires a basic DBS check, the UK Fire Service states you may asked to undergo a deeper check which involves spent convictions because you will be working with children, the sick, the elderly and vulnerable adults on a regular basis. To find out more about this clause visit The Fire Service for further information.

Your basic DBS check for the Fire Service can be requested by yourself or an employer. We support organisations and individuals to complete DBS checks online quickly and accurately.

Whether you would like support with your application or have questions about DBS checks, get in touch with us today. Call 0333 030 0446 or visit our home page.