Impact of delayed DBS checks

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Adult Social Care sector in London is already under tremendous strain. Delayed DBS checks are adding to the problem. Of course the DBS checks will also impact the children's care sector, education and the NHS. In Question 2015/4405, the previous Mayor stated, 'Unfortunately, MPS systems are not defined in such a way as to be able to sift particular professions so unfortunately we are unable to provide the requested breakdown of applications'. Is this now possible, and are there any officers monitoring the impact of delayed DBS checks?


Answer for Impact of delayed DBS checks

Answer for Impact of delayed DBS checks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are vital to keeping some of the most vulnerable Londoners safe, and they must be carried out thoroughly. But it isn't acceptable for some Londoners to be prevented from legitimately working.

The issue has been taken extremely seriously and the MPS continue to manage this as a "critical" incident through a Gold Group, with monthly meeting, attended by colleagues from Home Office, DBS and MOPAC.

The MPS continues to make good progress towards the elimination of the DBS backlog. The average turnaround time for DBS checks is now down to 22 days, well below the 60 day target. The overall 'Work in Progress' or WiP has reduced from a highpoint of over 82,000 in June 2016 to 37,105 as of 8 January 2017.

MPS systems are not able to sift applications by profession. The role of police forces in the DBS application process is specifically to check the security of the individual.

The MPS is acutely aware that delays in the process can have a significant impact on people's lives but ultimately these checks are about people's safety and must be conducted properly.