Every quarter the government releases figures showing how quickly police forces are turning around DBS checks. It’s fair to say that there are huge differences in how quickly checks are processed. How is your local police force doing.
The DBS check process in England and Wales is fairly straightforward. There are strict rules governing what you have to do, and in which order. Although the bodies doing the checking in Northern Ireland and Scotland are separate.
It’s definitely true that there’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for what seems like forever for paperwork to come through. If you’re waiting for a DBS check to be completed before starting a job, the wait can be even worse.
Basic DBS checks are needed for jobs as diverse as working in a lawyer’s office as a clerk, or being a postman. As the name suggests, basic checks are the least detailed of all DBS checks. The process for applying for DBS checks is the same.