Pilot study on enhanced DBS checks for self-employed practitioners

The Professional Standards Authority is undertaking a pilot study on enhanced DBS checks that aims to address a potential safeguarding gap for patients and service users seeking treatment from self-employed practitioners on Accredited Registers.

The new pilot scheme is being run in conjunction with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), which is a register currently accredited by the Authority.

Nick Waggett, Chief Executive of the Association of Child Psychotherapists, said:

“The ACP is very pleased to work with the PSA and DBS on this safeguarding pilot. We hope it helps to improve the systems for undertaking criminal record checks to protect patients and the public.”