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Which DBS check do I need? – Librarian

If you want to work as a librarian in the UK you will need to take a statutory DBS check.
DBS checks involve an in-depth search for any criminal records you may have.

The role of a librarian has evolved greatly. Contemporary librarians run holiday and evening projects for children and teenagers, deliver activities and offer guidance. Carrying out any work with children or teenagers in the UK means you will automatically be required to take a DBS check.

A DBS check for a librarian is an enhanced DBS check. This type of CRB check is in place for all other frontline workers involved in unsupervised or close contact with under 18s. You will need to complete the check to take up the role.

This statutory vetting process for frontline staff is a product of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Under the act, all criminal convictions must be disclosed by those who wish to work with under 18s to ensure children and teenagers are fully protected.

Your DBS check for a librarian will cover any spent convictions, reprimands, warnings, cautions and non-conviction information held by relevant police forces. Any information found will be presented on your DBS certificate which you will receive both in the post and online.

You will need to show your DBS certificate to your employer to complete the recruitment process. For further information about DBS checks and how they may be used by your employer visit: unlock.org.