Enhanced DBS Checks for care homes are necessary when working alongside vulnerable people, whether just as a contractor or permanent member of staff. When working in a care home, employees come into contact with the elderly, who are considered to be vulnerable adults in the eyes of the law in England.

A vulnerable adult means a person who is unable to take care of themselves due to age, disability or illness, and is unable to protect themselves.

That means that if you’re working in a care home in England, you’ll need to have an Enhanced DBS check, which is outlined by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This is the regulatory body for care homes.

The employer is responsible for the DBS check, so the person in charge of recruitment should be filing checks on anyone who is likely to secure a job at the home, in order to protect the elderly.

For example, if you were undertaking activities for the elderly whilst working in a care home, such as:

  • Shopping (taking items into their home)
  • Personal care (washing, dressing)
  • Managing their cash (filing bills and paying for services)
  • Transporting goods (receiving clothes and taking other valuable items to them)

Then you’d need the ‘Enhanced Check with a barred list check’. This official check includes reviewing criminal convictions, spent and unspent, as well as reviewing the list held by the Disclosure and Barring service about individuals who have been banned from working with vulnerable adults.

Even people that are around the care home need to be DBS checked, even if they only visit the care home infrequently.

There is no regulation in England that says the DBS has to be renewed regularly, although if you are a care provider in England you should be checking the advice from the CQC (Care Quality Commission) on a regular basis.