Official Statistics: DBS checks: police performance summary

Disclosure Barring Service

January 22
19:24 2021

DBS police performance summary


Tracking your application

You can use online tracking to check the progress of your DBS application.

If you have any other queries you can contact us.

Average turnaround times for DBS checks at police forces

This is taken from the first time a force is sent a check for an applicant, to the last time they close a check for the same applicant, but doesnt include conflict time.

It includes time it may have taken an applicant to respond to any representations requested by police forces, which can impact on the overall time at force. One application could be sent to different forces.

Factors affecting police performance

Past police performance is not indicative of current or future performance. Performance can vary month-by-month as a result of any combination of the following factors:

  • demand - fluctuations in demand for DBS checks, over and above anticipated volumes (police are staffed and resourced according to forecast application intake volumes)
  • staffing - local recruitment and retention issues
  • systems/process - system changes, additions, upgrades and associated changes to processes and practices (including those that arise from changes in legislation and from government directives)

The police performance against these service standards is published on a monthly basis.

Use the tabs along the bottom of the document to view monthly statistics.

Published 25 March 2013
Last updated 22 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. Police performance summary attachment updated to including data up to and including December 2020.

  2. Data added for April 2020 to June 2020.

  3. Data added up to March 2020.

  4. Most up-to-date figures added.

  5. Data amended within 'Average turnaround times' attachment. Figures updated as necessary.

  6. Updated Information added for April-June 2018

  7. DBS police performance summary updated.

  8. Newly updated

  9. Added available performance figures for September. Also added average turnaround figures for October.

  10. Added available statistics for August and turnaround times for September.

  11. Added available figures for July 2016.

  12. Data added for May 2016.

  13. Added available data for April 2016.

  14. Added 60 day figures for February and available data for March 2016.

  15. Added available figures for January 2016.

  16. Added figures for December 2015.

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