Before you begin

Use the eDBS decision tool to understand the type of DBS check that your role will require. It is particularly important that positions involving regulated activity are covered by the correct check. 'Regulated Activity' is work which involves close and unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups including children, and which cannot be undertaken by a person who is on the Disclosure and Barring Service's Barred List. It is illegal to employ anyone who appears on this list.

Please note: This tool does not cover every role or situation. Please contact our DBS Helpdesk on 03330 135890 if you require any further guidance.

 

Use the eDBS decision tool

Is the post located, or does the postholder perform any work, in any of these locations: *

  • A school
  • A childcare premises or nursery
  • A residential home for children in care
  • A children's hospital
  • A children's detention centre
  • A Family Centre
  • Children's or family centre
Is the post located, or does the postholder perform any work, in any of these locations *
Is the post located, or does the postholder perform any work, in any of these locations
Does the post give opportunity for contact with children in the course of carrying out its duties? *
Does the post give opportunity for contact with children in the course of carrying out its duties?

Is the postholder at a location listed below: *

  • Once a week or more
  • 4 days in one month or more
  • Overnight (between 2am and 6am)
Is the postholder at a location listed above *
Is the postholder at a location listed above

Are any of the following activities within the duties of the post in relation to children: *

  • A Director for Children’s Services
  • Teaching, training, instructing, care or supervision of children
  • Providing advice or guidance to children
  • Providing any healthcare treatment or therapy to a child
  • Driving a vehicle solely to convey children
  • Moderating an online chat room wholly or mainly used by children
  • Working for Fostering and Adoption with access to information on children (requiring a standard check only)
Are any of the following activities within the duties of the post in relation to children *
Are any of the following activities within the duties of the post in relation to children

Is the post performing any activity listed below: *

  • Once a week or more? or
  • 4 days in a 30 day period or more? or
  • Overnight (between 2am and 6am)?
Is the post performing any activity listed above *
Is the post performing any activity listed above
Does the post supervise or manage others on a day-to-day basis who are engaged in "regulated activity" in relation to children? *
Does the post supervise or manage others on a day-to-day basis who are engaged in "regulated activity" in relation to children?
Does this post work with adults as well? *
Does this post work with adults as well?

Are any of the following activities within the duties of the post in relation to adults: *

  • A Director for Adult Services
  • Providing health care
  • Providing personal care
  • Providing social work
  • Assistance with cash, bills or shopping
  • Assistance in the conduct of a person’s own affairs
  • Driving a vehicle to convey an adult because of their age, illness or disability
Are any of the following activities within the duties of the post in relation to adults *
Are any of the following activities within the duties of the post in relation to adults
Does the post supervise or manage others on a day-to-day basis who are engaged in "regulated activity" in relation to adults? *
Does the post supervise or manage others on a day-to-day basis who are engaged in "regulated activity" in relation to adults?
 
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