(Previously called an ISA Adult First Check)
The DBS Adult First Check is particularly useful because it allows an applicant to start supervised work whilst a full enhanced disclosure is being obtained. This means that care home owners and domiciliary care agencies can maintain staffing levels while the enhanced disclosure process is being completed. It is only applicable to positions governed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Note: You can only apply for an Adult First Check as part of the Enhanced Disclosure process.
The DBS Adult Barred List is a list of people who and are banned from working in a regulated activity with adults. The list is held and maintained by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
There is a statutory duty that requires care providers to check the DBS Adult Barred list to determine if a candidate is on it.
Important: There are two possible responses to an Adult First Check:
1). ‘No match exists for this person on the DBS adults barred list’
This means the applicant can start work in a supervised capacity until the full enhanced disclosure is produced under the CQC guidance or,
2). ‘Please wait for the DBS certificate before making a recruitment decision regarding this applicant’
In this case the applicant is not able to start straight away! No details are given at this stage as to why this response has been given, however, it does not necessary mean the person is barred. It could mean for example that:
a). A person with a similar name or date of birth shows a match on the list or,
b). There is some criminal conviction information which would need to be seen by the employer in order for them to make a more informed recruitment decision.
APCS request DBS Adult First checks the day after the enhanced disclosure has been submitted to the DBS. The checks are requested in the morning and the results are usually issued the same day. For any checks requested later than midday, the results will be returned the next working day.
The DBS charge £6.00 for an Adult First check. APCS are able to offer competitive administration fees so please contact us for a no obligation quote on 0845 643 1145 (calls charged at local rate).