DBS CHECK (ADULT FIRST)
The DBS Adult First Check (previously the ISA Adult First Check) is particularly useful because it allows an applicant to start supervised work whilst a full enhanced criminal record check is in progress. This means that care home owners and domiciliary care agencies can maintain staffing levels while their staff are being checked by the DBS and the police forces. It is only applicable to positions governed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and you can only apply for an Adult First Check as part of an enhanced DBS check.
The DBS Adult Barred List is a list of people who are banned from working in a regulated activity with vulnerable 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.
There are two possible results for 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
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 work until the full DBS check has been completed. No details are given at this stage as to why this result has been given, however, it does not necessary mean the person is on the adults barred list. 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 the DBS Adult First check the same day that the enhanced DBS check has been submitted to the DBS. The results are usually issued the same day but can take up to a maximum of 72 hours to come back.
The DBS charge £6.00 for an Adult First check; we then apply a small administrative fee to the cost. We are able to offer competitive administration fees so please contact us for a no obligation quote on 0845 643 1145 .