6 Surprising Jobs That Need A DBS Check
Most people associate DBS checks with jobs that involve working with children or vulnerable adults, such as teachers, care workers, nurses, doctors etc.
In fact, it’s becoming more and more common for employers to ask for a DBS check for many different jobs, not just those that involve direct work with groups that come under safeguarding legislation.
Here we take a look at some jobs that often require criminal record checks before starting, some of which you may not of initially thought require DBS checks.
1. Scrap Metal Merchants
New scrap metal dealers are actually required by law to get a basic DBS check done before they can get a license to work in the industry. This requirement was brought in to make sure that scrap metal dealers are of an honest character and that they will keep a complete record of people that they buy scrap metal from. Prior to this, some scrap metal dealers were operating illegally and buying scrap from known criminals who had stolen the metal.
2. Traffic Warden (Traffic Enforcement Officer)
It may not be immediately obvious why a traffic warden would need a DBS check, but when you think about it, they do need to be people that are of good character. They will fairly regularly come across unlocked vehicles, potentially with valuables on display, or they may come across unattended children in a car. For these reasons, local councils are careful to employ people that don’t have any serious crimes listed on their DBS certificate.
3. Accountant and Financial Advisors
Accountants are often put in charge of large amounts of money and business finances. Criminally-minded accountants may be tempted to embezzle money or syphon off funds for their own use by billing for extra hours that weren’t worked. Therefore, accountants and financial advisors need to be free from any related crimes such as fraud, embezzlement, or theft. People that want to apply to become a chartered accountant need to apply for a standard DBS check.
4. Pest Control Operatives
Pest controllers are often left unsupervised in people’s homes. Considering the fact that they may be called out to fumigate the house of an elderly person and it becomes obvious why they would need a DBS check. Pest controllers will require at least a basic DBS check, and if they are working in places where they may come into contact with children or vulnerable adults, schools and hospitals for instance, then they may need to get a standard or enhanced DBS check.
5. Bar Workers, Pub Landlords, or Nightclub Workers
People that work in establishments where alcohol is served need to act responsibly. They need to know when it’s appropriate to serve somebody or not. They may also come into contact with inebriated individuals and it would be easy to take advantage of them by under-changing them or charging them too much. Therefore bar, pub, and club workers are often required to get at least a basic DBS check carried out before starting work. Some local councils in the UK require alcohol licensees to have standard or enhanced DBS check certificates.
Locksmiths can easily break into any home or car without leaving a trace, so they need to be vetted to make sure they are not criminally inclined. In fact, in the UK, locksmiths are required to get at least a standard DBS check before they will be allowed to join the Master Locksmiths Association and become fully licensed.
Get A DBS Check Done Online
You can apply for a basic DBS check yourself, without anyone’s permission. To get a standard or enhanced DBS check, you need to get it done through an employer, potential employer, or a registered body.
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