Police: Vetting

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd March 2022.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Labour, Bolton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of response times of police forces in providing disclosure and barring service checks; and what assessment she had made of the adequacy of provision of those services to service users.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

An Enhanced disclosure check shows full details of a person's criminal record such as cautions, reprimands, warnings, spent and unspent convictions. From the period April 2021 to December 2021, over 2.91m, enhanced checks were processed by the DBS of which 2.46m, (83%), were processed within 14 days. See link for published DBS performance information on Gov.uk:


DBS and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have service level agreements in place with the 52 police forces that DBS work with to provide criminal record checks. This ensures service delivery against quality, output, cost, and timeliness measures. Individual forces are assessed monthly against these quantitative measures, with qualitative standards assessed through a Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) that provides a consistent approach to the quality of work done across all forces. See link below for information on the QAF:


Performance against targets is monitored closely by the department.

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