Supporting DBS Checks

There are a few Supporting DBS Checks that can be carried out alongside a Basic, Standard or Enhanced Level DBS check.

Formerly known as ‘ISA Adult First’ and ‘POVA Check’, a DBS Adult First checks an individual against the DBS Adults’ Barred List. If a positive result is received, an individual can start work under supervision while they wait for the results of their full DBS check.

Who Is Eligible for an Adult First DBS Check?

An Adult First DBS check is only eligible for workers in the care sector and follows strict criteria:

  • The position must require a criminal record check by law
  • The position must be eligible for access to the DBS adults’ barred list
  • The organisation must have requested a check of the DBS adults’ barred list on the DBS application form.

An Adult First check forms only part of the Enhanced DBS application and cannot be applied for separately. It is only permitted when an individual is required to start work prior to receiving their DBS Certificate in places such as:

  • Adult Placement Schemes
  • Care Homes
  • Domiciliary Care Agencies
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What Will A DBS Adult First Check Show?

There are two possible results of the check:

  • A NO MATCH EXISTS outcome is a clear result and permits an individual to start work supervised pending the check completion.
  • A PLEASE WAIT TO VIEW CERTIFICATE result prevents an applicant from starting supervised work.

An employer will receive an email with the result within 72 hours of the application.

Please note, an adult first check is only part of the criminal record check process and a PLEASE WAIT response will mean that an organisation must wait for the DBS certificate due to an inconclusive result. The details provided MAY have a positive match on the adults’ barred list. The match looks at names and birth dates which have been barred and further investigation is needed to confirm so the organisation is not permitted to allow the applicant to work supervised pending check completion.

List 99 Check

List 99 is a confidential register of both men and women who have been barred against working with children by the Department of Education. It is maintained by the children’s safeguarding unit and contains the names, aliases, dates of birth and national insurance numbers of all those people who are forbidden to work with children in schools, social work and voluntary settings.

Who Can Apply for a List 99 Check?

Education providers are allowed to apply for a List 99 check on existing staff as well as potential applicants.

The service can only be used by those responsible for checking the sustainability of new applicants who want to engage in regulated activity with children. This means that local authorities, nurseries, schools, colleges and universities can check if a person is on the Children’s Barred List.

What Will a List 99 Check Show?

Once complete, one of the following results will be shown:

  • Confirmation that the individual is not on List 99.
  • A chance of a matching record being found on the Children’s Barred List, which recommends that the education establishment should wait and see the result of the DBS Check before recruiting them.

What is an external ID verification?

External ID verification is required if an applicant cannot produce documentation from Group 1 and will be performed by Care Check at an extra cost of £12.00. It is not too dissimilar to a credit referencing check. The validation is carried out by confirming the name and address information linked to details, such as the electoral roll, utilities and loan accounts.

If you require a DBS Adult First Check, List 99 Check or External ID Verification, contact Care Check today.


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