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Which DBS check do I need? – Probation Officer

To work as a probation officer in the UK, you will need to take a statutory criminal record check called a DBS check.

DBS checks are a comprehensive vetting procedure used to ensure the public, particularly children and vulnerable adults, are kept safe from those who are unsuitable for frontline roles.

DBS checks are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. If you live in Scotland, they are managed by Disclosure Scotland.

What is an enhanced DBS check?

There are four types of DBS checks in operation in the UK, categorised as: basic, standard, enhanced or enhanced with barring lists.

When working as a probation officer you will hold a significant position of trust and work closely with adults in vulnerable situations so you will need to take a strong type of DBS check called an enhanced DBS check.

An enhanced DBS check for a probation officer will require a search for any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. The DBS will also check if there is any further non-conviction information in existence with relevant police forces.

This type of comprehensive CRB check can only be requested by your employer. To understand more about DBS checks and how they may affect you visit: hub.unlock.org.uk/rehabilitationofoffendersact