Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Officer

C Division
Full Time
Fixed Term
24 - Months

British Transport Police (BTP) are recruiting for a DBS Officer on a 24 – month Fixed term Contract. The role is paying £32,757.33 per annum and will be based in Cardiff. This role offers a blended approach of office and home working.

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing.

As a DBS Officer you will be required to:

  • Provide an effective and consistent decision-making process to ensure any safeguarding risks identified are fully considered to ensure the correct outcome for each relevant case.
  • Adhere to the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) using it as the basis to deliver a standard process and audit trail to ensure a consistently high quality of delivery when considering information for disclosure.
  • To complete accurate, written reports of sufficient quality with a concise summary of all relevant information being considered further supported by a clear, cogent audit trail, recording all the factors and considerations to support your decision making in adherence to the requirements of the QAF.
  • To have a good knowledge of Part V of the Police Act 1997 and other statutory legislation in relation to the DBS safeguarding process, ensuring adherence to the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) and Human Rights Act 1998.
  • To quality check all applications processed to identify any data quality issues as well as eligibility and conflict any applications back to the DBS where information is believed to be incorrect/inaccurate or the application is not eligible for an Enhanced Check.


Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description. The successful DBS Officer will be required to evidence the following:

  • Educated to A-level or possess equivalent work experience.
  • Previous experience of working within a regulatory framework.
  • Proven experience of researching, interrogating, reviewing and evaluating information from a range of sources to extract relevant data.
  • The ability to sift through large amounts of material utilising analytical skills to grasp key points.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of the General Data Protection Regulation Principles, the European Convention of Human Rights, Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, Part V of the Police Act 1997, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.
  • The post holder is required to have an understanding on diversity and inclusion.



If you are interested in applying to the role, then please click the "Apply" button below and upload a copy of your cover letter and CV in one PDF document. In your cover letter,

“Please provide details of any relevant skills and experience you have that would make you suitable for this role”.

Please ensure that both your cover letter and CV are uploaded as one document as there is no option to upload them separately. Applications containing only a CV will not be considered, therefore, please ensure that you include a cover letter. 


In return for your experience, we can offer you:

  • Salary of £32,757.33 per annum
  • Yearly base salary increments (subject to satisfactory performance in previous PDR year)
  • Working from home allowance available to purchase suitable equipment for blended & home working
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Family friendly policies including up to 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave
  • Bespoke benefits platform and access to Blue Light Card
  • Development opportunities including fully funded apprenticeships
  • Employee assistance programme and dedicated wellbeing hub
  • Excellent Pension scheme


BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035.

At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions.  If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

For more information on Positive Action please click here or email the team on PART-Recruitment@btp.police.uk

If you have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you:  RecruitmentTeam@btp.police.uk. If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team directly at: PART-Recruitment@btp.police.uk To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 5 years. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

BTP GPP Police Staff Pension Scheme is administered by Royal London and this is a group personal pension plan which is available to all police staff. It’s a defined contribution scheme, offering employees the flexibility to vary their pension contributions from 4.4% to 12% of their salary. For more information, visit the Royal London dedicated pension page or email us at Pension-Queries@btp.police.uk .Please note if you are an existing member of Police Staff in the RPS your pension will not be affected. 

Internal candidates must have completed their probation for their current substantive posting and can only apply in tenure if Head of Department approval is emailed to Recruitmentteam@btp.police.uk prior to the vacancy closing. Internal candidates must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance and that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date. A minimum rating of 3 (performing) or a rating of U (no rating) must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.


If you would like to request this advert or any information in WELSH, then please email RecruitmentTeam@btp.police.uk


This opportunity is closed to applications.