The Home Office is providing free-of-charge DBS applications and a fast-track Barred List check service for care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news comes in response to an urgent need to recruit care workers to meet an increasing level of demand and rising numbers of staff being forced to self-isolate.
In the last two weeks, home care providers across the UK have launched campaigns to encourage thousands of people who have recently lost their jobs in sectors such as retail, hospitality and travel to join the care sector in its fight against the coronavirus.
London-based Cera said it will launch a large-scale effort to train and certify workers as qualified carers and put them to work in as little as 10 days.
The new arrangements from the Home Office will provide employers with the option to appoint new recruits into regulated activity with adults and/or children, as long as the individuals are not barred and appropriate measures are put in place to manage the individual until the full DBS check is received.
Dr Gillian Fairfield, DBS Chairman said: “We understand the vital role that DBS has to play in the country’s response to the pandemic. We have been working closely with the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care in order to introduce measures that allow us to respond quickly to the applications, as we recognise that the care sector needs immediate support from new recruits and volunteers.
“The introduction of a fast track Adults’ and Children’s Barred List check will allow the NHS, and other healthcare and voluntary sector organisations to get the right people into the right place quickly and safely.
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