A Bedford-based background screening company, has pledged £3 million to support the emergency recruitment of health and social care employees and volunteers dealing with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Verifile has waived its admin fees for a possible 500,000 DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks, saving the NHS and other organisations a potential £3 million in administration fees.
CEO and founder of Verifile, Eyal Ben Cohen, said it’s important for all businesses to join the fight against COVID–19.
“As a UK based business, it’s vital that Verifile works to support our health and social care workers keeping our country safe.
“By working with the DBS, and removing our own admin fees, we can reduce the financial burden on the NHS and other health and social care providers so they can use that money toward their fight against COVID-19.
“We are in unprecedented times and we must all play our part in supporting the fight against COVID-19. We must all pull together and make a serious commitment where it counts.”
In response to COVID-19, the DBS also removed their costs for enhanced DBS checks on 31 March and said they would fast-track adults’ and children’s barred lists checks.
By removing its admin fees, Verifile guarantees employers who are recruiting staff and volunteers to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in England and Wales, a free service end-to-end.
Verifile, an umbrella body of the DBS has a direct link to the criminal records check systems and can deliver fast-tracked responses in line with the government’s own commitment to a 24-hour turn-around time.
On this commitment, PM Boris Johnson said: “We are speeding up the DBS checks so they can be done in 24 hours and I want to thank and congratulate all the boroughs throughout this country for the way they are harnessing those volunteers.”
These temporary arrangements will provide employers with the option to appoint new recruits faster into regulated activity with adults and/or children, so long as the individuals are not barred.