A Disclosure and Barring Service check, commonly known as a DBS check, is a check of an individual’s criminal record. Many employers will use this service to check the background of their employees, and this is something which we implement at Matthew James in order to protect our customers and our colleagues.
For all new recruits to our business, our HR Department will, with the candidate’s agreement, request a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS will then carry out the check and provide the candidate directly with a report, which they are then asked to share with us.
There are a number of reasons why an employer might require a DBS check:
- A DBS check can help to identify individuals who have a history of criminal activity. Being aware of this in advance helps to assure the safety of our employees and customers
- A criminal history may imply that someone is more likely to commit further crimes. Knowledge of that history can help the employer to take steps to prevent these crimes from happening. This will also help to reduce the impact of any potential legal liability on the employer’s part.
- A DBS check can help to rule out potential employees who may not have the necessary levels of trust and responsibility
The DBS Check is a valuable tool for Matthew James, as a responsible employer. We take our responsibilities to all of our employees seriously, and therefore we always make sure that the check is necessary for the particular role, that the employee consents to the check being carried out, and that the checks are carried out fairly and consistently.