What Are The Consequences of Employers Skipping DBS Checks?
Anyone involved in the recruitment process or who vets employees needs to understand the implications of not following the correct procedures. DBS checks are a legal requirement and must be carried out if the job role requires it. Employees who do not carry out these checks are liable for legal action and can be sued. As well as the legal consequences there can also be damage to the company’s reputation and endanger other people’s safety too.
This article will detail what the implications are when employers skip the DBS process.
What Are DBS Checks and Why Are They Important?
DBS checks are carried out to vet current and potential employees, they also help employers make better recruitment decisions and are a vital part of safeguarding vulnerable people.
There are three types of DBS checks, they are –
- Basic DBS Check: this is the lowest level of check and can be applied for by an individual. It shows any unspent convictions on a person’s criminal record.
- Standard DBS Check: This shows all the information that comes up on a basic check, as well as spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings. Only organisations or employers can apply for Standard checks.
- Enhanced DBS Check – The highest level of check. It contains the same information as a standard check. An employer can also apply for a barred list check. It shows whether a person is prohibited from working with vulnerable adults or children.
Implications For Employers Who Do Not Do DBS Checks
Employers are liable for prosecution and can face litigation if they do not carry out the correct procedure for DBS checks. Failing to inform the DBS about employee dismissal due to safeguarding issues may also land them in hot water. Failing to carry out DBS checks can put staff, customers or clients at risk of significant harm. An employer also risks reputational damage and this is often irreparable.
If you’d like to find out more about this or if you have any other questions regarding DBS checks, then get in touch with one of our expert advisors today.