DBS adult first check (ISA/POVA)

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What is an Adult First Check?

The DBS Adults Barred List is a list of people who are barred from working in a regulated activity with vulnerable adults. The list is determined by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The DBS Adult First Check (previously the POVA check/ ISA Check) checks the adults barred list whilst a full enhanced criminal record check is in progress. It is a valuable tool to employers because if it comes back clear, the applicant can then start supervised work while waiting for their enhanced check to come back.

Who can have an Adult First Check?

Only applicants that are working in job positions governed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) can have the Adult First Check. Care providers are required to check the DBS Adult Barred list to determine if a candidate is on it.

Can I order an Adult First Check separately to a DBS check?

Unfortunately, employers can only apply for an Adult First Check as part of an enhanced DBS check, there are currently no facilities to order one separately of itself.

What does it mean if the Adult First Check comes back unclear?

If the Adult First Check result comes back and says ‘Please wait for the DBS certificate before making a recruitment decision regarding this applicant’ the applicant is not allowed to start work until the full DBS check has been completed.  However, this result does not necessarily 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 is a match on the list, or,

b). There is some type of conviction information which would need to be seen by the employer in order for them to make a more informed recruitment decision.

Is the Adult First Check the same as a DBS check?

The Adult First check is not a full criminal record check, it just checks whether or not a person could potentially be on the adults barred list.

How much is an Adult First Check from APCS?

The DBS charge £6.00 for an Adult First check; we then apply a small administrative fee to the cost.

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.

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