The Pros and Cons Of DBS Check
Many industries and employers use DBS checks as part of the recruitment process, as it’s often a requirement for a variety of roles. They allow employers to make the right recruiting decisions to ensure the safety of vulnerable groups. However, these checks can be seen as a negative part of the application process.
Workplace Safety and Security
DBS checks are not only a legal requirement for certain roles, particularly vulnerable groups, but they also minimise the risk to everyone in the workplace. They also allow companies to perform thorough checks on individuals who handle sensitive data or have financial responsibilities reducing the risk of fraud. Employees with DBS checks also have more protection against liability claims made against them.
Higher Quality Applicants
Using DBS checks helps employers to recruit high quality candidates. They filter out those who don’t want to work in a safe environment and discourage those who may be dishonest.
They also protect the company in the long run by reducing potential issues and ensuring their employees are the right fit for their roles.
Improved Staff Retention
Using DBS checks ensures that companies hire the right people which leads to a reduction in staff turnover and also helps the company’s finances long term.
A regulated activity involves anyone working with children or vulnerable adults on a frequent basis and they must have a DBS check. This is a legal requirement and ensures they are safe to work with these groups. Failure to comply with the legislation can result in a fine for the company.
DBS checks can be expensive depending on the level you apply for. If you are unemployed and looking for work you may struggle to afford one. Businesses may also be tempted to not pay for DBS checks in order to cut costs but it’s not worth the risk.
Unfair or Discriminatory
An employer may hold a biased towards someone with a criminal history. Although this can seem unfair as potential candidates may be refused a job before they’ve had an interview. It can also discourage good candidates from applying as they feel that they won’t be treated fairly.
Fear of Inaccuracies
The majority of DBS checks are accurate, however mistakes are made. These can include incorrect names, addresses etc. Correcting these errors costs the business money and may make them reluctant to carry out checks in the future.
Some people feel that DBS checks are an invasion of privacy, even for those candidates with a clean criminal history. Potential employers may also not want to recruit candidates who are reluctant to have a DBS check even if the candidate has nothing to hide.
If you’d like to find out more about DBS Checks or ask any other questions regarding DBS checks, then get in touch with one of our expert advisors today.