Service standards for DBS checks, referrals and barring

Disclosure and Barring Services has announced service standards (8 Jan 2016):

  • DBS checks: will aim for 95% of all disclosures to be issued within 8 weeks from receipt; 0.02% or less sample check error rate for disclosure certificates (rolling 12 months)
  • Referrals and barring: will aim to make sure: 65% of barring cases are closed within 3 months
  • 0.5% or less sample check error rate for barring decisions (measured against rolling 12 months, available March 2016).


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