WHY IS MY DBS CHECK TAKING SO LONG?
A DBS Check is an independent check which requires time to complete. It’s virtually unheard of to receive a fully verified DBS application within a few hours. Depending on the level of the check (whether a Basic, Standard or Enhanced DBS check), as well as the role that’s being applied for, checks can take several working days to complete. This is particularly true if an Enhanced DBS application is facing delays due to a local police force dealing with a backlog.
CAN YOU FAST-TRACK A DBS?
DBS Check Online offers a fast-track service for basic DBS checks.
To clarify, this is not a fast track to get the DBS checks done quickly from the government, this is a service that we provide so we can process your application quickly instead of putting you on the cue.
CAN I START WORK WHILE WAITING FOR A DBS CHECK?
Although there is no specific law that prevents employers from allowing successful candidates to start their new roles while waiting to obtain their DBS certificate, there are certain regulations and employment contract terms that may affect this.
If your job is subject to regulations from an umbrella organisation or regulatory body, such as the NHS, then their general policy may affect when future employees can start new employment. Smaller organisations may be less restrictive in allowing employees to begin working before the DBS certificate is received.
It’s nevertheless worth noting that they are not under any obligation to do so, and all companies can specify within employment contracts that you cannot commence paid employment until the DBS check is complete.
It’s therefore in every candidate’s best interest to confirm their new employer’s recruitment policy in relation to DBS checks. For standard and enhanced DBS checks, which employers organise, the chosen candidate should ensure they provide the necessary paperwork as soon as possible. If the applicant has been asked to apply directly for a basic DBS check as part of the process, they should ensure they do so in a timely manner.
We get many questions and queries from our clients, so we have created a “Frequently Asked Questions” section on our website, please feel free to have a look.