DBS Checks

Cath Douglas made this Freedom of Information request to Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

Please could you confirm the following:

1) How many DBS checks did you request between 1st Jan 2015 – 31st Dec 2015?

2) How do you request your DBS Checks currently? Paper or Online?

3) Do you use a third party or request them directly with the DBS?

4) If you use a third party, which company is it? When did you start using them?

5) If you use a third party, what fee do they charge per application?

6) Is the third party decided by a tender process or through using companies listed on a government framework?

7) When will the agreement/contract with the current third party come to an end?

8) How long do you typically agree contracts with third party DBS providers for?

Yours faithfully,

Cath Douglas

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

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HR Systems & Information, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Ms Douglas


I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the information you requested on 14th November 2016.

The information that you requested is detailed below.

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If you have any queries about this letter you can contact me, or write to: FOI, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at [Blackpool Borough Council request email]. Please remember to quote your reference number when you contact us.

Yours sincerely

Debbie Botham
Senior HR Systems & Information  Officer
HR Systems, Recruitment & Safeguarding Team

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