A Guide to DBS Checks for Other Workforces
If you’ve ever filled in an application form for a DBS Check, you may have noticed an option for ‘other workforces’ in the role section.
The role section or workforce section on a DBS application form is very important as it lets the DBS and police know the level of detail that should be shared on the check and what level of check should be carried out.
Ticking the wrong option in this section may lead to long delays, as the form will need to be returned to you, corrected, and resubmitted.
What Are The Different DBS Check Workforces?
When you fill in an application form for a DBS Check, you will be expected to choose from one of the following types:
- Adult Workforce
- Child Workforce
- Child and Adult Workforce
- Other Workforce.
Basically, any individual that is applying for a DBS Check for a role that doesn’t involve vulnerable adults or children should select the ‘other workforce’ option.
Examples of Other Workforce Roles
If ‘other workforce’ is being selected for an Enhanced DBS Check, you may be wondering what type of roles this applies to. Here are some examples:
If the role involves working as an immigration officer or any other job that requires you to be registered with the Immigration Services, then you need to select ‘other workforce’ on the DBS application form. This includes people who advise others and provide information about immigration. Please note that this doesn’t necessarily include employees within the UK Border Agency.
Handling Weapons or Controlled Drugs
If the role involves handling controlled substances, weapons, or ammunition, then you need to select ‘other workforce’. This includes armed guards on board aeroplanes or British owned ships.
People who hold licenses for gambling establishments such as casinos, bookmakers, or even shops that sell national lottery tickets, will need to get an Enhanced DBS Check and choose the ‘other workforce’ option on the form. This includes employees of the UK Gambling Commission.
National Security Officers
Any role that involves working for a National Security organisation such as MI5, MI6, or GCHQ would be classified as ‘other workforce’ when submitting a DBS application.
Other Workforce Roles That Only Require A Standard DBS Check
Many roles that would be considered as ‘other workforce’ only require a standard disclosure. Here are some examples, in no particular order:
- Accountants – either chartered or certified
- Barrister or solicitor
- Veterinary surgeon
- Financial advisor
This is not an exhaustive list and many more roles may require a Standard DBS Check that are classed as ‘other workforce’.
Summary of DBS Checks for Other Workforces
In general, the ‘other workforce’ option on a DBS application form refers to roles that require some kind of criminal background check, but do not involve working directly with children or vulnerable adults.