As you know the DBS system replaced the CRB process on 17th June. Whilst welcoming the fact that it will be possible for staff to update their own DBS checks on line (reducing the waiting times for staff to start work) it transpires that this process will no longer identify if a potential member of staff has committed theft, unless it is “aggravated burglary with intent to commit offence in dwelling” ref: DBS website.
Sadly financial abuse is common in supports for people who are vulnerable due to the fact that many of these people lack the capacity to manage their own finances.
This has highlighted an urgent need for providers to revisit their policies, procedures and processes to ensure that thorough safeguards are in place, ensuring customers are protected and that staff feel confident when handling monies for others.
Despite this area of concern we welcome the introduction of the new DBS system which promises to be more efficient and flexible.