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The Care Standards Act established a provision for the Department of Health to provide and maintain a list of people who it bars from working with vulnerable adults.

DBS Adult First is a service provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service that can be used in cases where, exceptionally, and in accordance with the terms of Department of Health guidance, a person is permitted to start work with adults before a DBS Certificate has been obtained. This applies to adult services such as care homes, domiciliary care agencies and adult placement schemes where DBS Certificates are required by law.

This service is only available to organisations who are eligible to access the DBS's Adult barred list and who have requested a check of the barred lists on their DBS application form. DBS Adult First is not a substitute for a DBS Certificate and providers must take care when making recruitment decisions prior to receiving a full DBS Certificate. DBS Adult First checks should be used only in exceptional circumstances and when absolutely necessary.


A DBS Adult First check is not appropriate where a person intends to work with both children and adults. Those working with both groups will need to wait for the DBS Certificate to be returned to find out whether a person is barred from working with children. There is no equivalent quick check of the children's barred list.

The CRBs (Now DBS) reply to an DBS Adult First check request will contain one of the following responses and clearly state that it only forms the first part of the DBS application process and that further information will follow.

  • OPTION 1: Registered Body must wait for the DBS certificate
  • OPTION 2: No match exists for this person on the current Vulnerable Adults Barred list

If the reply is OPTION 1, the details provided may have revealed either a potential or exact match to those of a person held on the DBS's Adult barred list. You must wait for a DBS Certificate as the search of the Adults Barred list is inconclusive and further investigations are required to determine whether the person is or is not on the list.

Before making an application for DBS Adult First you must have read the DBS Adult First guidance notes.

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