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UKHCA Guidance on Portability of DBS Certificates in England 2016

UKHCA Guidance: Portability of DBS certificates in England

This document is available to UKHCA members only. Information on how to join UKHCA.

The Department of Health (DH) relaxed its position in 2010 on the use of Criminal Record Bureau (now DBS) Certificates, effectively introducing a limited system of "portability" for care services regulated by CQC. This applies in services provided to adults (but not children) in England and allows employers - under certain circumstances - to accept a Disclosure Certificate from a prospective employee, provided it is no more than 3 months old and is at the appropriate level. Here, the employer does not need to complete a new application for a Disclosure. UKHCA has produced guidance for members on using portability in homecare services, which includes DH and CQC guidance, and reference to the update service. Updated in September 2016.

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