DBS checks in the workplace

DBS checks, also known as Disclosure and Barring Service checks, are an important aspect of hiring employees in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. As a security consultancy company, we understand the importance of ensuring that all employees have undergone a thorough background check before being hired. 

Why are they important? 

Firstly, DBS checks help to ensure the safety and security of the workplace. By conducting these checks, employers can identify any criminal convictions, cautions, warnings, or reprimands that an individual may have. This information can be used to assess the risk that an individual poses to the workplace and to make informed hiring decisions. 

Additionally, DBS checks are required for certain roles, particularly those which involve working with vulnerable individuals, such as children or elderly people. This is because these individuals are particularly at risk of harm, and it is important to ensure that anyone working with them is trustworthy and has no history of criminal behaviour. 

It is also worth noting that employers have a legal obligation to ensure that their employees are suitable for the role they are undertaking. Failure to conduct adequate background checks can result in legal and financial consequences for the company. 


In summary, DBS checks are a vital aspect of the hiring process, particularly for security consultancy companies in England. By conducting these checks, employers can ensure the safety and security of the workplace, comply with legal obligations, and make informed hiring decisions. 

If you are interested in learning more about our Pre-Employment Screening services, contact a member of our team at screening@horus-security.co.uk 

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