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Which DBS check do I need? – Woodworker

You may be surprised to discover woodworkers in the UK have a legal obligation to undergo a DBS check as part of the recruitment process.

DBS checks are formal criminal record checks. This type of background check is necessary for all those working in public-facing roles to protect the public from those who may be unsuitable for frontline work.

DBS checks are administered by the Disclosure and Barring Service on behalf of the Home Office.

Woodworkers only have limited contact with the public so they only need to take a basic DBS check for a woodworker which is a first-tier DBS check.

In 1974, DBS checks for woodworkers became a legal requirement with the introduction of the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The act sets out the need for DBS checks for all frontline work in the UK. To read more about the act and what it means for you visit hub.unlock.org.uk/rehabilitationofoffendersact.

A basic DBS check for a woodworker will require a formal search to see if you have any unspent criminal convictions or conditional cautions.

Completing your basic DBS check online

We support organisations and individuals to complete basic DBS checks quickly and easily online.

We also offer a full range of support to help you get your basic DBS application form/s processed with ease. Call us today on 0333 030 0446 to discuss your basic DBS check or visit our home page to find out more.