DBS eligibility guidance

A collection of documents that you can use to decide whether a role is eligible for a basic, standard or enhanced DBS check.

You can use our eligibility tool to find out which roles or activities could be eligible for a basic, standard or enhanced DBS check. It’s in beta phase, which means you’re looking at the first version. It will be continually tested and improved.

The eligibility tool is not intended to act as legal advice and doesn’t cover every role. Before you submit an application for a DBS check you should also read the guidance on this page.

If you need more eligibility advice after using the tool and reading the guidance you can contact DBS.

Eligibility guide

Before you consider asking a person to apply for a DBS check, you are legally responsible for making sure the job role is eligible.

This should be done before you countersign each DBS application form.

  1. DBS guide to eligibility

    • Guidance

Regulated activity and workforces

Guidance about regulated activity with children has been published by the Department for Education (DfE).

Information about regulated activity with adults is available from the Department of Health (DH).

The guides below will help you identify the type of workforce that an applicant will be working in.

They set out the types of roles in each of the workforces.

It is not a comprehensive list of all conditions which have to apply for the role to be eligible. The applicant will still need to meet eligibility criteria before the registered body considers the workforce.

  1. DBS workforce guides

    • Guidance

Supervision of children

Statutory guidance on supervising activity with children, which is regulated activity when unsupervised.

  1. Supervision of activity with children

    • Statutory guidance

Recruitment of ex-offenders

All employers must treat DBS check applicants who have a criminal record fairly and should not discriminate because of a conviction or other information revealed.

Published 18 April 2016
Last updated 18 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Information updated in line with the DBS' new online application for basic checks.
  2. Added a link to the new DBS check eligibility tool.
  3. Updated the page format of eligibility guidance.
  4. First published.