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IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ- UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR COVID 19 DISCLOSURE APPLICATIONS - OCTOBER 2022

"There is now a reasonable expectation that the demand for checks submitted via the DBS free-of-charge and fast-track barred list service should drop. Following the removal of all COVID-19-related restrictions, recruiting to backfill roles that are explicitly linked to the virus should be much reduced in comparison to that seen during the height of the pandemic.

Employers in the NHS and adult social care should now start to submit applications for DBS checks via the normal chargeable route.

The DBS free-of-charge and fast-track service will continue until at least the end of March 2023 (subject to further review). Usage of this service is expected to be the exception to the rule, and where there is an explicit and demonstrable link to the legal eligibility criteria. 

  • individuals are specifically being appointed to deliver pandemic related treatment, care or services, including individuals appointed to backfill where staff in those roles fall ill with pandemic related illnesses or are required to self-isolate

 

The DBS will be working with all registered bodies to ensure that checks submitted via the free service route are eligible.

Employers should note that the speed of completing DBS checks will not be negatively impacted by using the normal application route. The temporary COVID-19 arrangements delivers fast-track barred list information but does not prioritise the completion of the full DBS check. 

If any delays to recruitment would impact on the delivery of patient services or care, then employers may wish to consider the Adult First service.“