A guide to DBS Checks for children’s hospitals
DBS Checks within a children’s hospital are vital. Especially because many roles involve a large amount of direct contact between the staff and patient.
As there are many roles in establishments like these, it may get slightly confusing when trying to figure out which roles require a check. Also, if a role does need a check, then you need to decide which level of check is appropriate.
Hopefully, our article will answer all your questions and clear up any confusion about DBS Checks within children’s hospitals.
Which roles are eligible for a DBS Check in children’s hospitals?
Anybody who provides professional healthcare is always counted as engaging in regulated activity, no matter if this is every day, once a month or whether or not there is supervision involved.
Therefore, anyone who does engage in regulated activity with the patients in the children’s hospital, is eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check, along with a check against the children’s barred list.
For instance, if a worker is working near a patient and they are unsupervised by a healthcare professional, such as a volunteer, cleaner or reception staff, then they too are eligible for an Enhanced DBS Check, without a check against the children’s barred list.
In Wales, if an applicant is working within a children’s hospital they are eligible for a DBS Check including a check of the children’s barred list. If they are working three or more times within a single month-long period, the check must be done as this is considered as frequent contact.
If there is an interaction that would be seen as incidental and they do not interact with patients as a part of their role, then they would not be considered suitable for a check. For example, a gift shop worker or car park attendant.
DBS Checks in children’s hospitals – Conclusion
The decision surrounding whether an applicant is eligible or not for a check relies on their role and whether they engage in a regulated activity with the patients. If the contact is only incidental, then they are not eligible. If it is frequent and direct direct, then it is more than likely that they are eligible.
The NHS DBS eligibility tool shows specific roles and what checks are required if you’re stuck.
To find out more about DBS checks for roles within children’s hospitals, or you have any other queries about DBS checks in general, including how to apply for one online, then get in touch. You can speak to one of our expert advisors today.