What is a DBS check?

13 August 2019
Caroline Foreman
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What is a DBS check and why is it important to the success of your dog walking or cat sitting business? Getting checked is easy.

The Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a process to find out whether someone has a criminal record.

The basic certificate will contain details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974.

Why does it matter?

A DBS check will provide extra reassurance to your customers that they are giving their keys to someone they can trust.

Pet Sitting is all about trust. Your business will live and die by whether customers trust you.

There is no better way to prove that you and your employees can be trusted and have nothing to hide. A criminal record check proves that you have never been convicted of a crime.

How do I apply?

You can apply for a basic DBS check on the government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/. The basic check costs around £25.

The basic check is very straightforward and takes about 5 minutes to complete. You will need two forms of ID (passport, driving licence, bill etc.)

Once submitted it can take anywhere from 24 hours to a few weeks to receive your certificate.

Beware of scams

You may see websites offering DBS checks. Beware, they are scams. Only the government can issue DBS checks and any 3rd party will only be acting as a middleman between you and the government. Save yourself money by going direct.

Useful Links

Disclosure and Barring Service on Wikipedia

Basic DBS checks: guidance on Gov.uk

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This article is part of a series: 5 things to know before starting a dog walking business.

  1. Local Authorities
  2. UK Legislation
  3. DBS Check
  4. Qualifications
  5. Insurance

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