An overview of the Disclosure and Barring Service

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We’ve produced some new information giving an overview of the DBS. This includes what it’s responsibilities are, the options open to you if you wish to appeal something that’s been disclosed on your standard or enhanced DBS certificate, details about how to stop ineligibile checks and details about the DBS complaints escalation process. For more […]

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New eligibility tool by the DBS – How you can establish what level of check an employer is allowed to carry out


The most nerve-racking part of applying for a job if you have a criminal record can be finding out that an employer will be doing a criminal record check. Sometimes this can be the first mention of criminal records in the recruitment process, or you might have already had to self-disclose but you weren’t sure […]

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Is it possible to become a police officer if you have a criminal record?


Over the last few years, the rules regarding eligibility to become a police officer have been slightly relaxed. However, there are still strict entry requirements and some convictions/caution will result in your application being immediately rejected whilst others will be considered on a case by case basis. We have published some new information which sets out […]

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Can employment law help you if you’re refused a job or been badly treated by your employer as a result of your criminal record?


Anybody with a criminal record will, at one time or another, have come across some form of negativity or discrimination when applying for work. Many employers simply don’t know enough about criminal record disclosure legislation and have little understanding of what they can and can’t do. If your conviction is spent, then you will have […]

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Are you affected by the online publication of your spent convictions? Possible legal remedies


If you have a spent conviction and are suffering reputational harm or distress as a result of material about that conviction being published online and/or which features in online searches against your name, legal remedies may be available. The publication of an item, article or link which refers to a spent conviction and identifies the […]

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Applying for work through recruitment agencies

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With so many employers advertising temporary and permanent jobs through recruitment agencies, we’ve published some new information, applying for work through a recruitment agency. As agencies only get paid once they’ve placed a successful applicant with an employer, some agencies may be tempted to weed out anybody who has disclosed a criminal record to them. […]

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A-Z of job roles and their eligibility for basic, standard and enhanced criminal record checks

Criminal record checks

For anybody with a criminal record, knowing what level of criminal record check a job role is potentially eligible for may be what determines whether you apply for that job or not. For example, if your conviction is spent but not yet eligible for filtering, it will still appear on a standard or enhanced check […]

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