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Which DBS check do I need? – Painter/ decorator

Painters and decorators in the UK have a legal obligation to take a basic DBS check.

DBS checks are statutory criminal record checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. If you live in Scotland, your search will be managed by Disclosure Scotland. Both bodies work on behalf of the Home Office and have a mandate to keep the public safe.

Once the search is conducted by the Disclosure and Barring Service, you will be issued with a DBS certificate which can be shown to your employer and used to prove you are suitable for work with the public as a painter or decorator.

This level of statutory vetting is necessary to keep the most vulnerable members of our communities safe. DBS checks for all frontline workers came into force in 1974 with the introduction of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

The act sets out all the roles which must undergo a DBS check to ensure only those suitable for frontline work are recruited.

A DBS check for a painter or decorator in the UK is a basic DBS check, because you are unlikely to have unsupervised contact with the public, especially children and vulnerable adults.

A basic DBS check for a painter or decorator will require a formal search for any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions. Your basic DBS can be requested by you or your employer.

We support organisations and individuals to complete DBS checks quickly and easily. We offer a complete range of tailored support services to ensure your basic DBS is processed smoothly.

For help to complete your basic DBS check today or to do your basic DBS online with us, call us today on 0333 030 0446 or visit our home page.