Do Locksmiths Need a DBS Check?
Locksmiths may not spring to mind when you think of professions that should get a DBS check.
Teachers, doctors, nurses, carers – it’s pretty obvious that people need DBS checks to work in those jobs as they are in direct contact with children and vulnerable adults. Accountants, business managers, retail workers – they may need DBS checks as they need to be trustworthy, as they handle or take charge of money.
But locksmiths – do they really need a DBS check?
Let’s take a look at some reasons why it may be a good idea for all locksmiths to get a DBS check carried out.
The professional body for locksmiths in the UK, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) requires all members to have a valid DBS certificate.
Belonging to the MLA has many benefits including legal support for self-employed locksmiths (which most are), access to cheaper spare parts, vehicle and insurance discounts, and an official membership card.
Therefore, most locksmiths these days, especially those that are self-employed, apply for a DBS check as part of their MLA membership.
Working in an environment with vulnerable people
If you’re a locksmith that regularly works in an environment that involves direct contact with children or vulnerable adults, e.g. a contract at an elderly care home, then you will most likely need a DBS check to be allowed to work there. The same applies for schools and hospitals. Any organisation that cares for vulnerable groups will be very careful to ensure that all staff are DBS checked.
Peace of mind for customers and clients
Even if you are self-employed and don’t intend to work directly with children or vulnerable adults, a DBS check can still help you to get more business as a locksmith. You can mention the fact that you have a clear DBS check in promotional material – on your website for instance – and it will act as a character reference for potential customers.
Trust is everything in business, and a DBS check helps to prove your trustworthiness. This is especially true when you work as a locksmith. People are trusting you with the keys to their houses and businesses, so the more you can prove your honesty, the better.
Long-term contracts on-site
If you are working as a contractor on-site for a long period, you may be expected by the client to get a DBS check as part of the contract requirements, even if there is no contact with vulnerable groups.
So, do locksmiths need a DBS check?
As explained above, the only instances where you may be compelled to apply for a DBS check are if:
- you want to join the MLA
- you’re working directly with vulnerable people
- it is a contractual requirement.
In these circumstances, you may be requested to apply for a basic, standard or enhanced DBS check. You can apply for a basic DBS check yourself, but standard and enhanced checks must be requested by your client on your behalf. All DBS checks can now be applied for online which is a must quicker and more efficient process.
Apart from these scenarios, getting a DBS check as a locksmith is optional. If you decide it will be a good business move, i.e. to gain the trust of potential customers and clients, then you can apply for a basic DBS check online.