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Which DBS check do I need? – Government Legal Services

If you want to work in Government Legal Services you will be subject to a statutory background check during the recruitment process.

DBS checks are statutory criminal record checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service to keep the public safe from those working in frontline roles, particularly children and vulnerable adults.

Due to the type of work you will undertake whilst working in Government Legal Services, you will need to take a standard DBS check to verify your suitability for the role.

A standard DBS check for Government Legal Services will involve a search for any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings in existence on the Police National Computer.

This level of vetting during the recruitment process is replicated across the Civil Service and all other employment involving public-facing roles.

Under the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, those working in Government Legal Services and all other frontline roles became subject to DBS checks. The act sets out all the type of DBS check necessary for each job.

DBS checks were formerly known as CRB checks and have been in operation for Government Legal Services since 1974. These robust checks are necessary to ensure the most vulnerable members of our society remain safe.

For further information about a DBS check for positions in Government Legal Services, visit Government Legal Services.