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CQC issues guidance following temporary DBS rules change

Pragmatic response to COVID-19 emergency recruitment

April 6th 2020

Tagged: England CQC COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The CQC has issued interim guidance in response to temporary changes being made by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to DBS applications and processes. It will be in operation for the period the Coronavirus Act 2020 remains in force. We will review it on a regular basis.

Key points

This guidance applies to individuals (paid staff and volunteers) being recruited as a consequence of and during the coronavirus pandemic, and where the following three things apply:

  • providers need to start staff urgently
  • waiting for a full DBS check could cause undue delay
  • this delay could lead to risks to the continuity of service, impacting the safety and wellbeing of people using the service.

Providers are offered a fast, free Barred List DBS check for emergency roles being recruited in response to a provider risk assessment. Enhanced DBS check information will still be processed, but will be issued afterwards.