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Which DBS check do I need? – Merchant Navy

Did you know, when you apply to join the Merchant Navy, you could be asked to take a DBS check?

DBS checks are formal criminal record checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. These background checks are a statutory measure to ensure the public are kept safe from those who are unsuitable for frontline work.

There are four types of DBS checks that vary according to the level of contact you will have with the public in role.

Which DBS check will I need?

The varied work of the Merchant Navy means only some recruits need to undergo a DBS check. In role, contact with the public will be limited so a DBS for the Merchant Navy is a basic DBS check.

This is a first -tier CRB check that will verify whether you have any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions. A DBS check for the Merchant Navy will delve no further than unspent convictions and conditional cautions.

As a rule, those entering the Merchant Navy in a starter role are likely to be involved in some level of frontline work so you can expect to be asked to take a basic DBS check if that is the type of role you are applying for.

If anything is found during the search, the Merchant Navy will not discount you. Instead, recruiters will assess the type of offence committed and sentence served. You will have a chance to discuss your criminal record with your recruiting officers and a decision will be made from there. For more information visit Careers At Sea.

If you are an individual or an organisation and would like to complete your basic DBS application online with us, visit our home page now. Alternatively, for a wide range of support with basic DBS checks, call our friendly experts today on 0333 030 0446.