DBS Caring professions

MQT on 2016-05-25
Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Metropolitan Police Service Disclosure and Barring Service systems are not defined in such a way as to be able to sift particular professions. I am concerned that many people in caring professions, such as nurses, are not being given the priority status they need. Will you review this process to address this issue?


Answer for DBS Caring professions

Answer for DBS Caring professions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Disclosure and Barring certificates are an important part of public protection and delays can have a significant impact on people's ability to work.

MOPAC is working closely with the Home Office, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the MPS to reduce the current backlog and improve productivity within the service. This was demonstrated by the visit last month led by the Home Office, of Karen Bradley MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary and MOPAC to the MPS Character Enquiries Centre in Sidcup, to see first-hand the challenges of processing applications.

A recovery plan is in place which has involved a significant number of additional resources to reduce the number of outstanding cases. MOPAC will continue to monitor this situation closely and work with the Home Office who have oversight of the overall service.

It is not within the MPS's control to prioritise the cases. The MPS responds to all DBS checks in priority of date order unless requested otherwise by the DBS. Any escalation of specific cases outside of this is managed by the DBS themselves. The escalation criteria is administered to cases where circumstances of extreme financial hardship and or a potential loss of employment is apparent.