DBS Checks for Care Workers

Individuals planning to work in a care home will require an enhanced DBS check.

Enhanced DBS checks are designed for those planning to work in a support or care role for vulnerable adults or children, which is why they are necessary for the care sector.

There is no way of working in a care home without DBS check, as it requires regular contact with the elderly.

What information does a DBS check for care workers disclose?

A background check for carers is an enhanced DBS check and reveals:

  • Spent or unspent convictions
  • Warnings
  • Cautions 
  • Reprimands
  • Any other police history deemed relevant by the Disclosure and Barring Service

An employer can also check whether the applicant is on any barred list for adults if the employee is working as a carer for vulnerable adults. This is not available for basic DBS checks.

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What is the application process for a care DBS check?

To apply for an enhanced DBS check for care workers, an individual can fill out our simple online form with all their details. This then needs to be verified by the care organisation they plan to work for. Once all the details have been submitted, the check itself will take 5 to 10 working days for the certificate to be issued to the candidate.

Can you work in care with a criminal record?

DBS checks for care workers help care homes make better recruitment decisions, and are crucial for ensuring that potential staff will maintain a safe environment for vulnerable adults.

Having a criminal record may make it much more difficult to get a role in a care home, although some organisations may be willing to take a pragmatic approach depending on the type and severity of the conviction.



Not sure which type of DBS check you need for your care worker role or confused about the application process? If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with our team of friendly DBS experts as soon as today!