Guidance

Quality assurance framework, version 9 (QAF v9)

Version 9 of the quality assurance framework (QAF) came into force on 17 June 2013.

Documents

Quality assurance framework (QAF) version 9 quality assurance regime

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Quality assurance framework (QAF) version 9 change log

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Quality assurance framework (QAF) overview (OV1_v9) September 2014

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DBS new services processing guidance (September 2014)

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AT1 v9 search rationale template

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AT1 v9 guidance and example

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AT2 v9 (December 2016)

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QAF v9 AT2-3 (December 2017)

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QAF v9 AT3 (October 2017)

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AT12 dispute result form

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MP1 v9 QAF process map (March 2014)

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MP2 v9 identification

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MP3 local information categories (July 2017)

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MP4 v9 third party relevant access

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MP5 v9 PNC filtering

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MP6 v9 PNC hit relevance (April 2014)

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MP7a and MP7b v9 disclosure rationale and method (March 2014)

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GD1 v9 close matching guidance

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GD2 v9 disclosure text guidance

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GD3 v9 mental health and disclosure

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GD4 v9 representations guidance

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GD6 v9 chief officer (delegate) guidance September 2014

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GD7 AT12 dispute result form guidance

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GD8 v9 Sexting guidance

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GD9 AT3 Section 3 guidance

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Disclosure representations applicant guidance

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Representations letter template

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Representations pseudo letter template

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Representations reminder letter

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Representations: update service applicant guidance

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Details

QAF version 9 was developed to support the DBS Update Service. QAF version 9 is built upon the foundations of version 8, which reflected the changes brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

Version 9 also includes process maps and general guidance for considering offences which may be removed by the filtering of ‘old and minor’ convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.

Published 22 January 2014
Last updated 30 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated Disclosure Representations Applicant Guidance added.
  2. Various Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) attachments updated with newer versions.
  3. Multiple QAF attachments have been replaced with updated versions, and a new attachment (GD9) has been added.
  4. Updated versions of AT2 and AT2/3. Added a new document GD8 Sexting guidance.
  5. Security markings updated on the AT2, AT2/3 and AT3 documents.
  6. Added quality assurance regime for police disclosure units. Also added AT12 dispute result form and guidance.
  7. Updated GD2, AT2 and AT3 documents. Will help police forces with the 6c template, the free text not being neutral enough in tone; whilst still meeting the basic objective of recommendation 6c.
  8. Disclosure representations applicant guidance updated. Clarified information about the threshold for disclosure compared with the threshold for conviction in a civil court.
  9. References to standards and compliance unit remit and operation clarified.
  10. Updates to the MP3 and MP6 documents. Details listed in the change log document.
  11. Updated documents to remove references to quality assurance framework (QAF)/stage 1 barring referrals withdrawn. Added an updated change log.
  12. Added a new version of the AT3 form
  13. First published.