DBS Checks [7]

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4873
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

As delays in completing Enhanced DBS Checks can result in people losing job offers, or being out of work for far longer, or charity volunteers losing interest as a result of the delays, what are you doing to speed up the process?

Answer

Answer for DBS Checks [7]

Answer for DBS Checks [7]

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 MPS is making good progress on its improvement plan to reduce the time it takes to complete DBS checks, with the average turnaround time for a DBS Enhanced Disclosure now down to 26.96 days.

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.