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How to Apply for an Advanced DBS Check: A Step-by-Step Guide

As specialists in this industry, we wanted to help individuals seeking employment or volunteer opportunities that involve close contact with vulnerable groups, such as children or adults at risk.

You need to have a DBS Advanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to work as a passenger assistant in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Transport industry.

To start your journey to becoming a Passenger Assistant for Sherwood T Group get in touch. Get started here. 

If you want to apply for your DBS read on below.



This comprehensive guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of applying for an Advanced DBS check in the United Kingdom.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Before you begin the application process, it's essential to determine whether you are eligible for an Advanced DBS check. These checks are typically required for roles that involve significant responsibility or access to sensitive information. Your employer or organisation should inform you if this level of check is necessary for your position.

Step 2: Obtain an Application Form

To apply for an Advanced DBS check, you will need to obtain an application form. You can do this through the following methods:
  • Request the form directly from your employer or organisation.
  • Download the form from the official DBS website.

Step 3: Complete the Application Form

Carefully fill out the application form, ensuring that all information provided is accurate and complete. Be prepared to provide details about your identity, address history, and the purpose of the check. Your employer or organisation may guide you on specific information they require.

Step 4: Verification of Identity

To verify your identity, you will need to present specific documents in person. These documents may include your passport, driving license, utility bills, or other identity documents. Your employer or a designated person will guide you on the documents required and the verification process.

Step 5: Submit the Application

Once your application form is complete and your identity has been verified, you can submit your application. Your employer or organization will typically handle the submission process on your behalf. Ensure you provide any necessary fees or payments required for processing.

Step 6: Wait for Processing

The processing time for an Advanced DBS check can vary, but you can expect to receive your certificate within several weeks. Be patient during this period, and stay in contact with your employer for updates on the progress.

Step 7: Receive Your DBS Certificate

Once the check is complete, you will receive your Advanced DBS certificate. This certificate will detail any criminal convictions or cautions you may have. It's important to note that the certificate is confidential and should be handled with care.

Step 8: Share with Your Employer

Provide the DBS certificate to your employer or organisation as required. They will use this information to assess your suitability for the role or position you applied for.

Obtaining an Advanced DBS check is a crucial step for individuals seeking roles involving close contact with vulnerable groups. Follow this step-by-step guide, and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria specified by your employer or organisation. By doing so, you contribute to creating a safer environment for those in your care and demonstrate your commitment to responsible and accountable service