DBS checks on logistics and retail industry

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Criminal background checks are a legal requirement for many roles, to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults. But DBS checks can also provide peace of mind when recruiting other positions, to help ensure that your staff will be safe around your customers, your workforce and members of the public. DBS checking can also help safeguard your business and your stock.

With one in every five pounds now spent online, the number of delivery drivers on the road has increased to match the demand. Householders now open the door to strangers to facilitate deliveries frequently, and with supermarket deliveries and large items this often means delivery drivers must cross the threshold.

But with nearly 8 million people living alone, and 4 million people working from home and therefore alone during the day, as well as the risk to children answering the door, ensuring that your logistical staff are honest and trustworthy should be a priority, to safeguard your company reputation.

With the integrity of drivers in other areas gaining increased media attention, such as in the case of Uber, delivery drivers are beginning to see the same amount of scrutiny. 

DBS checking can reassure your customers that your company only employs responsible drivers and can help ensure that your goods are delivered safely and on time.

There are three levels of DBS checks, Basic – which checks for any unspent convictions or conditional cautions, Standard – identifies any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings, and Enhanced – which is the same as the Standard check but also includes any relevant additional information held by local police, and Enhanced with Barred – which is the same as an Enhanced check but also identifies whether or not the applicant has been barred from working around children or vulnerable adults.

A specialist background checking firm can help advise you on the right level of check for your role, providing yourself and your customers with invaluable peace of mind.