Disclosure and Barring Service checks

Page last updated: 20 May 2022
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Most applicants will need to supply us with a CQC-countersigned Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) number as part of the process.

Your DBS number must be CQC-countersigned

You must send us a CQC-countersigned DBS number. You might have another DBS number from a previous job, but it's important to remember that a CQC-countersigned DBS number is different. If your DBS number is not countersigned by CQC it will not be valid. This means we will have to reject your application.

The following people usually need to complete the CQC DBS check process:

  • individuals applying for registration to carry on or manage a care service
  • all partners
  • registered managers

Getting a CQC-countersigned DBS number can take up to 8 weeks. So it’s the first thing you should deal with.

Find out how long the process takes and the costs involved on our guide on how to apply for a CQC-countersigned DBS check.

4. Supporting documents

Apply for your checks

Find out more about how long the process takes and the costs involved on our DBS checks page.