Changes to the DBS service during the coronavirus pandemic

Article date
25 March 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The DBS service has temporarily changed its checking guidelines to enable organisations to continue to submit DBS applications during the coronavirus pandemic. It is important to remember that the rules regarding ‘regulated activity’, ‘work with adults’ and ‘work with children’ still apply. It is only the method for checking of evidence that has changed to enable organisations to process the applications without unduly presenting a risk of contamination.

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If you have any safeguarding or DBS related queries, for example if you have adapted your services to meet the changing needs of service users during the coronavirus pandemic, please contact for advice and guidance.