6 April 2020


Vetting checks during social distancing

Temporary changes have been made to the way identity documents should be checked during the pandemic to enable those carrying out vetting checks to preserve social distancing.

This is relevant to identity checking for the purpose of DBS checks and Right to Work checks.

The changes enable:

  • ID documents to be viewed over video link
  • scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted

Please note, the changes should only be implemented for urgent cases where it is not possible to follow the normal identity checking guidelines. The applicant must present the original versions of these documents when they first attend their employment or volunteering role in person.