Guide to DBS Checks Prison Workers
When it comes to working in a prison, the types of DBS checks necessarily differ, according to the role. As working in a prison takes an extreme level of responsibility, it means that staff must acquire a check prior to beginning work.
Regulated activity within an adults prison
A regulated activity is work that is prohibited to an individual who has been restricted from working with vulnerable adults and/or children. For those who work in a prison, detention or removal centre for adults, checking whether they are working in a regulated activity is the first step.
Regulated activity is when someone gives health or personal care or social work to adults, help them with day-to-day living in some way, or they are involved in transporting the vulnerable for healthcare. These all count as regulated activities. So if one of these activities is being done, then an Enhanced DBS Check would be suitable, including a check of the adults’ barred list.
Other roles within the adult prison
Not all roles within a prison include participating in a regulated activity. Jobs like clerical and cleaning roles would be suitable for just a Standard Check. However some others will be suitable for an Enhanced check, but without a barred list check. These roles could include giving help and support for prisoners. They will only be eligible if they have done it at least three separate times in a 30-day period, or between the hours of 02:00 and 06:00.
Young offenders prison
Just like an adult prison, regulated activities need to be taken into consideration when deciding which check is the most suitable for the employee. When working with children, some regulated activities could include things like teaching, instructing, supervising, giving advice or guidance. Any worker participating in a regulated activity is suitable for an Enhanced DBS Check with a check of the children’s barred list. Please note that these activities must be done often in order for it to be truly suitable for an enhanced DBS check.
Different roles within a young offenders organisation
Those who work on contracts, work temporarily, or engage in now-and-then work within these young offenders services, as well as those who carry out regulated activity. but not frequently, will be suitable for an Enhanced DBS Check.
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