DBS Basic System is Fully Operational – Time & Date: 09.30 05/11/2020

Basic DBS Portal available now to fully submit – 5th November 2020

You are now able to submit your Basic DBS Applications through our DBS Portal. Due to the continuing instability of DBS’s Basic Criminality system, we have introduced a software upgrade to allow our Clients to continue to submit all Basic DBS applications which will automatically process your checks without further intervention from yourselves even if the DBS system is down. This update has been introduced to prevent this type of error affecting our Clients in the future.

Again, apologies for any inconvenience caused, we have raised our serious concerns with the Disclosure and Barring Service and their service avaibility and stability including the recurring poor service levels and regular outages of their new Basic DBS system.  We have also raised our concerns that they were reporting that there were no issues at the time during the outage, when clearly this is not correct, as many of the Responsible Organisations were unable to process their Basic DBS checks.

If you have any issues or concerns please contact our HelpDesk on (0191) 588 7980 or by email to info@staffvetting.com.

Kind regards,

The Staffvetting Team

Helpdesk Support

Online Support Form

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0191 5887980

Support Email


Client Support

Our Customer Advisors are always ready to help normal enquires via info@staffvetting.com.

Please be aware that our standard response time for general enquiries from our Screening Officers is approximately 24-48 hours. Our core business activities will take priority over other business functions and services to ensure continuity of service.

Urgent Client enquiries should be made through our main support number 0191 5887980.

Our core working hours are:

Monday-Friday   09.00-17.00
Excluding bank holidays.

Applicant Support

If you are completing a vetting application form and are having problems with the system please call our support number below or check our FAQ section click here.  Please keep all login usernames, passwords, pin numbers and login emails confidential, do not share with anyone, our team will be able to reset your details but they will never ask for your login details. Additional support  for Applicants completing BS7858 vetting is available  click here.

Helpful Video for Full BS7858 Screening

We have a set of FAQ’s which may be able to answer of your queries. Due to recent data protection changes we do not give detailed updates to applicants of on-going vetting applications, if you wish to understand the progress please contact your sponsor company.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Given the Coronavirus (COVID-19) challenge we are facing globally.  Staffvetting.com want to reassure you that we are continuing business as usual and despite the developing global outbreak, our team will be here to support you and your business.

Rest assured that we have made arrangements to adjust to the current situation. Our vetting services will remain available over the coming period and our team will adapt to the quick and sudden changes that might take place with regard to how we can continue to maintain a high level of service.

BS7858, BPSS and Other Services – Normal service levels are being maintained with live updates on our portal. Warning messages will be displayed if delays may occur due to the temporary closure of certain universities or businesses. For career/employment referencing due to the increasing likelihood of not being able to reach the former employers, a bigger emphasis will be placed on obtaining documentary evidence from your candidates.

Operations – Following applicable government guidelines, our team will be working in the office and remotely, but operations will continue as normal.  Additional arrangements have been implemented to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of the service.

Update from Disclosure and Barring Service

To ensure that the necessary DBS checks can still be carried out, the DBS ID checking guidance will be changed for a temporary period.

The change will allow:

    • ID documents to be viewed over video link

Or, if it is not possible to verify documents via video link:

    • scanned images can be viewed in advance of the DBS check being submitted

COVID-19: DBS Contact Centre has closed temporarily

Page summary
The DBS Contact Centre will be closed from today, 24 March 2020.

You can track your application online:

    • Online tracking for basic DBS checks
    • Online tracking for standard and enhanced DBS checks, here

A variety of guidance can also be found across GOV.UK:


The Staffvetting Team

Staffvetting Operational Status: Full Operational Service  (Updated 25/03/20)

Our service and team are all working hard and operating within normal capacity parameters and however there may be a delay contacting us by phone as demand is high. Please send support request emails to info@staffvetting.com or ring 0191 5887980.

Note: All our services including DBS and BS7858 screening have document upload and electronic signatory functions allowing remote users ID documents to be viewed before submittal easing the issue of face to face meetings. Contact our Support team if you need assistance.

Further Support Updates at the bottom of this page.

Acceptable Documents

List of Acceptable Documents for BS7858

Document Upload