DBS applications taking up to 18 weeks

DBS applications to Metropolitan Police currently taking up to 18 weeks.

We have been experiencing problems with DBS applications being held up by a reorganisation in The Metropolitan Police records department. Some applications are being held up by up to 130 days. Most applications are being cleared quickly but we find if there is a delay at the police check stage then it can be quite severe. We can escalate delayed applications particularly if there is a threat to an applicant’s employment.

We recommend that if you are planning to take on staff for summer projects you get applications in as soon as possible to allow for any delay.

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