Guidance

Eligibility guidance for enhanced DBS checks

Guides to help you identify the types of work eligible for an enhanced DBS check in each workforces, including regulated activity.

Documents

Adult workforce guide

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Child workforce guide

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Other workforce guide

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Details

This 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.

Employers need to add the workforce in section x line 61 of the DBS application form.

DBS application forms that don’t state the workforce will be rejected.

Regulated activity

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 above 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.

Supervision of children

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

  1. Supervision of activity with children
  • 10 September 2012
  • Statutory guidance

DBS guidance leaflets

More information regarding eligibility can be found in our DBS guidance leaflets.

Published 18 April 2016
Last updated 17 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link to DBS Guidance Leaflets added.
  2. Information updated. Content now relates more to eligibility for enhanced DBS checks/certificates including regulated activity.
  3. Error corrected in barred list section on page 5.
  4. All workforce guides have been updated to include information about access to checks of the relevant barred lists. We've also added links to the new eligibility tool.
  5. Add further clarification for roles under the other and adult workforce documents.
  6. First published.