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Which DBS check do I need? – Shop Assistant

Shop assistants in the UK are expected to take a basic DBS check as part of the recruitment process.

DBS checks are formal criminal record checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. They are used by employers to ensure staff recruited are suitable for frontline work with the public.

A basic DBS check for a shop assistant will require a search for any unspent criminal convictions and conditional cautions. The results of this search will be displayed on a DBS certificate which must be shown to your employer to complete the application process.

If no information is found during the search by the DBS, your DBS certificate will be blank. If any criminal convictions or conditional cautions are uncovered they will be detailed on your DBS certificate.

The DBS can only search for the information contained in your DBS check category. For a basic DBS for a shop assistant this can only be criminal convictions and conditional cautions.

DBS checks are a legal requirement for frontline jobs under the terms of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Your employment will be subject to your completion of the CRB check.

DBS checks can be requested by you or your employer. To apply for your basic DBS check online or to talk to us about DBS checks, call 0333 030 0446 or visit our home page.