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Risk assessments and DBS checks for new roles

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When you’re thinking about creating a new staff or volunteering role you should identify its potential risks using a risk assessment.

This is important for overall good risk management and safeguarding planning, particularly for the wider safer recruitment process. It will also help determine what information you might reasonably need about someone’s criminal history.

You can then apply the eligibility criteria for different levels of DBS check to the job description, to help you decide which check you need and are permitted to carry out.

For a role risk assessment for safeguarding you would map out:

  • what that role holder will do
  • the level of contact they have with children and/or adults at risk
  • the level of supervision they will have
  • how often they will work or volunteer in their role
  • where they will work or volunteer.

You'll need to use this introduction to role risk assessments alongside further guidance.

This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 26 April 2023

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