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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

06th February 2020

Working without a DBS/ CRB check?

Hi, I have been working in care without a DBS/CRB since 1st october 2019. I was wondering if this is allowed?
There is no record of me with the DBS company which my employer has confirmed.


Thank you for your question.

What you don't say in your question is whether or not an application for a DBS for you has been submitted.  Working without a DBS check in place should only happen in exceptional circumstances and where other checks and measures have been put in place. CQC have published a really useful document about DBS checks which includes what your employer must do. The responsibility for the appropriate recruitment processes lies with the employer.

If a DBS application has not been submitted and you are delivering personal care within a setting registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the failure to comply is the employers responsibility  but you must consider your own part if this is the case .
CQC will check on inspection that correct recruitment procedures have been followed and  they do this by selecting a sample of staff records to inspect, to confirm that appropriate checks have taken place. You must take up this matter with your employer immediately and you must have a satisfactory explanation. Here is the document from CQC.

I hope this is helpful.

Best wishes.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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