If you want to get a job which involves working with children or vulnerable adults, you may be asked to get a DBS check.
- A DBS check is a check of your criminal record which is used by an employer to decide whether you are a suitable person to work with children or vulnerable adults.
- A standard DBS check won’t include information about your mental health problem, but an enhanced DBS check could include details of any non-conviction information held about you on local police records which the police consider relevant.
- If you are not happy about the information disclosed on your DBS certificate, you can ask the Disclosure and Barring Service to carry out a review.
- This guide only covers DBS checks from the point of view of a person with a mental health problem.
- This is not a guide to the jobs that require a DBS check.
- This guide applies to England and Wales.
- This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your individual situation and needs. See Useful contacts for more information.
- The legal information in this guide does not apply to children unless specifically stated.
This information was published in February 2017. We will revise it in 2019.