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- Sep 2022

DBS Checks for Cabin Crew

Cabin crew may not be the first role you think of when you’re thinking about careers that require DBS checks. However, security is very important in the airline industry to ensure that all passengers have a safe flight. In this guide, we will explore what DBS checks cabin crew will need to obtain.

The levels of DBS checks

DBS offers three different types of criminal record checks to ensure the correct level of information is accessed depending on the job role. Roles that require you to work with children and/or vulnerable adults will need a higher level of check.

Basic DBS Checks:

This level of check is available for all individuals, regardless of their job role. This level of DBS check will look through an individual’s criminal history, showing any unspent convictions that the applicant may have.

Standard DBS Checks:

This level of check is only available to organisations or companies who are completing a DBS check on somebody's behalf to make a suitability decision. This will check an applicant’s criminal history for cautions, warnings, reprimands, and convictions.

Enhanced DBS Checks:

This is similar to a Standard DBS Check, and this type of check must be completed by an organisation or company on an individual's behalf, and will also check an applicant’s criminal history for cautions, warnings, reprimands, and convictions. An Enhanced DBS Checks can also include a check of the DBS's Children's and/or Adult barred list. Local police forces are also able to add any relevant information they hold on the applicant.

Cabin crew DBS checks

What DBS checks do cabin crew need?

Cabin crew will be asked to have a Basic DBS Check before they start work at the airports. A Basic Check is a requirement to obtain an airside pass. It is also important to note that you’ll be required to obtain an equivalent overseas certificate for all countries that you’ve lived continuously for six months or in the previous five years. Anyone aged 16 or over can have a Basic DBS Check, and there are no further eligibility requirements.

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