DBS Updates

Cumbria CVS offers a professional DBS service:

Standard or Enhanced Disclosures at competitive prices
For staff or volunteers who work with children or vulnerable sdults
Available to third sector and private organisations
Experienced staff to offer help and guidance
Simply complete the DBS agreement form attached here and we will work with you on the rest!

To find out more contact Julie Sharkey on 01768 800350 or email: juliesh@cumbriacvs.org.uk

COVID 19 update: Guidance provided by GOV.UK (30/03/20200)

In response to COVID-19, as of Monday 30 March 2020, the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be putting temporary arrangements in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists free-of-charge. This will apply to healthcare and social care workers being recruited in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Wales.

A full list of eligible roles within NHS health services, social care services or social services functions in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus can be found in the ‘Fast-track service: eligible roles’ attachment below.

Please note, the roles eligible for fast-track emergency checks are different to those defined as ‘key workers’ for the purposes of childcare etc.

These arrangements will provide employers with the option to appoint new recruits into regulated activity with adults and/or children, as long as the individuals are not barred and appropriate measures are put in place to manage the individual until the full DBS check is received.

Misuse of this emergency fast-track COVID-19 provision will delay the urgent deployment of health and social care personnel, and therefore undermine the national effort to fight coronavirus.

Please see attached flowchart which details the process: DBS Checks Flowchart


COVID 19 update: Guidance provided by GOV.UK (25/03/20200).
To ensure that the necessary DBS checks can still be carried out, the DBS basic, standard and enhanced ID checking guidance will be changed for a temporary period.

The change will enable:

ID documents to be viewed over video link
scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted
The applicant will be required to present the original versions of these documents when they first attend their employment or volunteering role.

For full details visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-changes-to-dbs-id-checking-guidelines