DBS Checks [1]

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many Enhanced DBS Checks are outstanding with the Met?


Answer for DBS Checks [1]

Answer for DBS Checks [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS recognises that individuals applying for these checks, particularly those seeking employment opportunities, may be impacted by turnaround times and is working with MOPAC, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the Home Office to further reduce waiting times.

The improvement plan put in place is helping to alleviate the situation and the MPS is making good progress in reducing the time it takes to complete DBS checks.

As of 7 December 2016, the MPS 'Work in Progress' (WiP) for DBS applications was 43,007. This is down from a high of circa 82,000 earlier in the financial year.

As this is a continuous process, there will always be a substantial WiP. The MPS aims to reduce the WiP to the region of 30-35,000 applications.

The backlog has shown week on week reductions following the introduction of a robust recovery plan. To improve the speed with which applications are processed and to reduce the backlog the MPS has recruited additional staff and redeployed officers on recuperative duty. Furthermore, staff have been seconded from TfL and MOPAC has seconded a senior member of staff to lead the backlog recovery.