Can My DBS Application Be Withdrawn?
A DBS check is a relatively simple process whereby you send your information over, and the Disclosure and Barring Service reviews, confirms, checks and issues your certificate all within 24-48 hours (on average). No hassle, no complications.
However, there are times when your application can be withdrawn, either by the Disclosure and Barring Service or by you.
The DBS withdrawal policy was updated on the 31st of May, 2021, and the update came up with some noticeable changes. One of the most significant changes was allowing the DBS to withdraw an applicant’s application at their discretion.
Why Are DBS Applications Withdrawn?
As we discussed earlier, one of the significant changes that came with the DBS withdrawal policy was the Disclosure and Barring Service maintaining the right to withdraw an application. You might be wondering, under what reasons will the DBS withdraw an application?
The DBS will now have permission to withdraw an application for false and inaccurate information in these areas;
- Incorrectly describing your job role in detail, job title, and other relevant information regarding your job could result in your application being withdrawn.
- Applying for an enhanced DBS check when you’re ineligible.
- Incorrectly stating your workforce type. The DBS needs you to clearly say if you will be working with children and vulnerable adults, whether directly or indirectly
- If it’s stated in your application form that you will be working from your home address.
- If there are any inconsistencies in your current name, previous names, current, and previous address.
Inconsistencies in information can be tricky, and the DBS has considered it carefully. Suppose there was a change in your circumstance before applying for a check. In that case, the DBS will not consider this a mistake as long as you use your new information as soon as possible to avoid withdrawing your application altogether.
Withdrawing Your Application Yourself?
What if you applied for a Basic DBS check for a job but no longer want the role?
Or maybe your company decided that you’re no longer being considered for a role and no longer need the DBS check that had been applied for on your behalf?
We have discussed the Disclosure and Barring Service withdrawing your application, but you, or the company you are applying to, can also withdraw an application.
How To Withdraw An Application
You can only withdraw an application before it’s in the printing stage, which usually occurs less than 48 hours since the application was submitted.
There are multiple ways you can request a withdrawal, and it includes the following:
- Send an email detailing your withdrawal request to the DBS using the address listed on their official website.
- Send a written letter to their headquarters in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
- Get in touch with the local police involved in processing the application.
As an employer, it is vital to know whether you are no longer considering an applicant for the job. In this case, you are legally required to withdraw the application, as the information is no longer needed.
You can contact our trusted advisors today to learn more about DBS checks and how to get started on your application.