Changes to DBS ID Checking

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Important Message

On the 24th March 2020, the Disclosure and Barring Service published guidance on temporary changes to ID checking as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Summary: The restrictions on movement will make it more difficult to check original ID documentation. This will then have a knock on effect in processing DBS checks and allowing people to commence working in a role which requires this background check. As a temporary measure the following changes have been made to how ID is checked:

  • ID documents can be viewed over video link
  • Scanned images can be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted

PACT HR strongly suggest reading the full release which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-changes-to-dbs-id-checking-guidelines