COVID-19: Free-of-charge DBS applications and fast-track Barred List check service
In response to COVID-19, as of Monday 30th March 2020, the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be putting temporary arrangements in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists free-of-charge. This will apply to healthcare and social care workers being recruited in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) in England and Wales.
A full list of eligible roles within NHS health services, social care services or social services functions in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus can be found in the ‘Fast-track service: eligible roles’.
Please note, the roles eligible for fast-track emergency checks are different to those defined as ‘key workers’ for the purposes of childcare etc.
These arrangements will provide employers with the option to appoint new recruits into regulated activity with adults and/or children, as long as the individuals are not barred and appropriate measures are put in place to manage the individual until the full DBS check is received.
View more information here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-of-charge-dbs-applications-and-fast-track-barred-list-check-service