DBS Checks

Why should I ask a certified locksmith if they have a DBS check?

  1. Trust and Security: Locksmiths often have access to your home, business, and personal belongings. Knowing they have passed a DBS check ensures they do not have a history of criminal behaviour, particularly crimes related to theft or violence.
  2. Peace of Mind: A locksmith with a DBS check has been vetted for any criminal history, giving you confidence in their trustworthiness.
  3. Professionalism: Reputable locksmiths understand the importance of trust in their line of work and will often proactively obtain a DBS check to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism and customer safety.

Different grades of DBS checks in the UK

  1. Basic DBS Check:
    • Content: Shows unspent convictions and conditional cautions.
    • Usage: Suitable for roles that do not involve working with vulnerable groups, such as general employment background checks.
  2. Standard DBS Check:
    • Content: Shows both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands, and warnings.
    • Usage: Typically used for positions of responsibility, like security roles, that do not involve regular contact with children or vulnerable adults.
  3. Enhanced DBS Check:
    • Content: Includes the same information as a Standard check, plus any additional information held by local police that is considered relevant to the role being applied for.
    • Usage: Required for roles involving regular contact with vulnerable groups, such as teaching, healthcare, or childminding.
  4. Enhanced with Barred Lists DBS Check:
    • Content: Includes all information from an Enhanced check plus checks against the children’s and/or adults’ barred lists.
    • Usage: Mandatory for roles that involve caring for, supervising, or working in close proximity to vulnerable groups.

Verifying a DBS check

  1. Check the Certificate: The certified locksmith should be able to provide their DBS certificate. Ensure it is an original and not a photocopy or a phone scan.
  2. Check the Details: Verify the name, date of birth, and other personal details on the certificate match the locksmith’s identification documents (passport, driving license, etc.).
  3. Online Update Service: If the locksmith is registered with the DBS Update Service, you can check the status of their DBS certificate online with their permission. This service allows you to see if any new information has been added since the original certificate was issued.
  4. Validity: DBS checks do not have a formal expiry date, but many organisations require them to be renewed every 1-3 years to ensure they reflect the most current information.

Asking your certified locksmith about DBS.

Asking a locksmith if they have a DBS check, and understanding the different grades of these checks, is crucial for ensuring your safety and security. While locksmithing is not a regulated profession in the UK, taking these steps helps you make an informed decision and choose a trustworthy professional. Always verify the locksmith’s identity and DBS check to ensure you’re entrusting your security to a reliable individual.