Understanding DBS results

Understanding the results of a DBS can be difficult, so we have tried to summarise these for you below.

  • No Match DBS Certificate - This result means that the applicant has no information disclosed on the DBS certificate and you can start them straight away. You do not need to see the paper certificate when the result is 'No Match' as there is nothing on it anyway.

  • In Post DBS Certificate - This result means that there is information disclosed on the paper certificate. You cannot start this applicant in the role until you have seen the paper certificate and checked whether the information disclosed affects the applicants ability to do the role that they are applying for.

  • No Match Adult First Check - This result means that you can start the applicant in a supervised role whilst waiting for the full DBS certificate to be completed.

  • Await Disclosure Adult First Check - This result means that you will need to wait for the full DBS certificate before determining their suitability for the role, this does not necessarily mean that they have any information disclosed on the certificate, it means that the DBS were unable to confirm this suitability within the time frame. Regularly we see 'Await Disclosure' Adult First checks that then come back as 'No Match' DBS checks.

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