Why do I need a DBS Check as an individual?

There are a number of reasons why an individual may need a DBS Check:
• Employment
• Visa
• Character Reference/Background

Why can’t I apply for a DBS check as an individual?

The DBS state that an individual cannot apply for a Standard or Enhanced level check, and the reasons for this are as follows:
• An individual cannot authorise and verify their own ID. If they proceeded to do so, their disclosure would immediately become invalid and removed from the system.
• Individuals cannot ask themselves exempt questions i.e. do you have any criminal convictions?
• Enhanced and Standard level checks require a disclosure recipient who is going to make an informed recruitment decision
A self-employed person who is eligible for a Standard or Enhanced DBS Check can ask the organisation that wishes to contract their services to apply for the check on their behalf.

Please contact the MPG office on 020 8492 0592, to gain information about companies that provide these services.