When it comes to this sector, DBS checks are not always legally required for all employees but will depend on individual duties, however it is still recommended as it demonstrates your organisation is taking positive steps to safeguard yourself, your employees and the wider public.
Construction & Tradespersons
Why your sector needs a DBS check?
The company supplying the contractor will request their DBS check.
So here are the key points to remember:
- Make sure to check the eligibility criteria before applying for a check by calling us.
- Level of check will depend on where the contractor will be working and how often.
- If unsure, please contact the organisation you are contracting for.
- All contractors can have a Basic DBS check If not eligible for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check.
Contractors working in specific environments need Enhanced DBS Check when working with vulnerable people such as children and elders.
As schools are subject to safeguarding measures, eligibility criteria vary for contractors. Contractors visiting a school site during term time more than 3 times in 30 days will be eligible for an Enhanced DBS check with a check against the children’s barred list depending on the nature of the work and the possibility of unsupervised contact with children. During the holidays, when no students are present and no other extended activities are taking place in the school, a contractor would only be eligible for a Basic DBS check.
Like schools, care homes will have their own safeguarding measures in place because of the vulnerable people who live there and anyone working within this establishment will require a DBS check.
If contractors are working in a care home more than 3 times in a 30-day period, an Enhanced DBS Check should be requested.
A contractor working in a hospital will not be responsible for patients, their eligibility and level of check will depend on the nature of the job and where the work will be taking place within the hospital.
If a contractor has access to patient wards as part of their contract of work, they would be eligible for a Standard DBS Check. If the work is being carried out in an environment where any contact with patients is purely incidental such as reception or in the grounds, a check would not be required.
It is the responsibility of the employer/organisation to ensure the correct level of the check has been carried out before the work starts.