The DBS Workforce Guides Explained

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When submitting a higher-level DBS check, the correct workforce type must be selected relevant to the applicant’s job role and if they meet the eligibility criteria.

In this blog, we explain what the different types of DBS workforces are and which workforce type an applicant should select.


What are the DBS workforces? 

There are four main DBS workforce types:

  1. Child Workforce
  2. Adult Workforce
  3. Child and Adult Workforce
  4. Other Workforce

Child Workforce

Child workforce needs to be selected when a role involves working with children and carrying out Regulated Activity. Typically, these roles are:

  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Instructing
  • Supervising
  • Caring for or conveying children

The DBS child workforce guide lists the job roles in which the applicant will have contact with children in a specific setting, even when not engaging in a regulated activity such as:

  • Contractors working in a school
  • Anyone aged over 16 and living in a household where childcare is conducted

If a role is eligible, an employer can request access to a check of the children’s barred list.


Adult Workforce

An individual who carries out regulated activity only with vulnerable adults must select the adult workforce on their application form. The list of roles includes:

  • Providing health or personal care
  • Providing social work
  • Managing an adult’s cash, paying their bills or shopping because they’re ill, disabled or elderly
  • Conveying adults to where they get health or social care (but not taxi drivers)
  • Appointed to represent an adult or to conduct their affairs on their behalf

These roles generally are but not limited to healthcare workers, carers or social workers.

DBS adult workforce guidance explains these roles in detail and also lists the roles eligible for adults’ barred list check.


Child and Adult Workforce

So what if an applicant works with both children and vulnerable adults? In these circumstances, the child workforce and adult workforce can be combined and the “Child and Adult Workforce” would be selected.

Some of the job roles that require this workforce type are healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, and dentists.


Other Workforce

Applicants that are not working with children or vulnerable adults can select the ‘other’ workforce when submitting a DBS application.

These roles include:

  • Applying for or renewing an operating licence to run premises where gambling can take place
  • Individuals applying to work for the Gambling Commission
  • Individuals applying for or renewing a taxi or private hire vehicle licence

A full list of job roles can be found in DBS other workforce guidance.


A Summary of DBS workforce guidance.

As explained above, there are different types of DBS workforce types. An employer/applicant must make sure that the correct workforce type is selected if the application is eligible for a higher level of check.

DBS workforce type guidance should help you to select the correct workforce type when submitting a DBS application but if you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email, live chat or complete the online form by clicking on the get in touch button below.

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