The Care Inspectorate update on pre-employment checks

Please see below for the latest update from the Care Inspectorate on pre-employment checks.


Supporting short-notice recruitment

On 8 September, we issued a joint statement with the SSSC that our position on pre-employment checks had reverted to pre-pandemic requirements and staff could no longer start without satisfactory checks being fully completed.

However, due to increasing COVID-19 cases and staff consequently having to self-isolate, more care services are having to deploy new staff at short notice.  In light of this changing situation and to support services, we have re-instated flexibility allowing providers to deploy staff pending employment checks being returned.  Providers should continue to request PVG checks and references, but no longer need to wait for these to be returned satisfactorily before deploying individuals to regulated roles directly supporting and caring for people.

We understand sudden change is challenging, particularly during this pandemic. If and when, after careful consideration, our position on pre-employment checks needs to change again, we will give you advance notice so you can prepare.