My right to work with children and vulnerable adults

Explains what a DBS check is and what you can do if you are unhappy with the information held about you by the police. Applies to England and Wales.

What is the process?

What is the process?

DBS Flowchart

How long does it take?

This depends on:

  • the level of check being carried out
  • whether the details provided are correct
  • which police forces are involved in the check (some may have backlogs in processing applications)

Generally it should take around eight weeks.

How much does it cost?

You employer will pay for your DBS check.

Can I get any help filling out my application form?

The Government has produced this applicant guide to completing the DBS application form.

This information was published in February 2017. We will revise it in 2019.

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