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Which DBS check do I need? – Grounds Keeper

You may be surprised to discover, grounds keepers in the UK have a duty to undertake a DBS check as part of the recruitment process.

A DBS checks is a statutory criminal record check carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Disclosure and Barring Service are a public body sponsored by the Home Office.

The DBS has a remit to safeguard the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults. The Disclosure and Barring Service implements the measures set out in the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act to ensure unsuitable candidates are not recruited to frontline roles in the UK.

DBS checks are thorough searches for different types of criminal records, according to the degree of contact you will have with the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults in role.

Grounds keepers in the UK can be subject to basic or standard DBS checks, depending on the where they work.

If you are going to work in a place where you could come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, you will need a standard DBS check. For example, if you will be working on school or college grounds you will need a standard DBS check.

If you will not be working in a location designed for children or vulnerable adults you will need a basic DBS check.

A basic DBS check for a grounds keeper will involve a search for any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions. A standard check will go further and check for spent convictions. To find out more about the different types of DBS checks in operation, visit: unlock.org.

If you need a basic DBS check, we can answer any questions you may have about your application or you could complete your DBS check online with us. Visit our home page now or call one of our friendly experts today on 0333 030 0446.