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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Getting a reference from a previous employer

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Once you’ve been offered a job and satisfied yourself that nothing is going to be disclosed on your basic criminal record check, the next hurdle you may need to overcome is getting a reference from your previous employer. If you’ve not worked for a while (perhaps because you’ve been serving a prison sentence) or if […]

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Are you looking to have ‘Google’ search results removed?


We have added a new information page, information on the internet, online and through search engines like Google, which brings together our information, advice and other useful resources relating to information that may be available about you on the internet through search engines such as Google. Following the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling in May […]

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What do you do if you receive a conviction whilst in employment?

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Most of our information around disclosing to employers looks at how to disclose details of an existing criminal record when you’re applying for work. However, what happens if you receive a caution or conviction when you’ve already got a job? We’ve produced some new information on receiving a criminal record whilst you’re in employment, which […]

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Changes to orders dealing with sexual offences

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On the 8th May 2015, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was amended, making changes to the provisions dealing with behaviour orders. The following orders were repealed at that time: Sexual Offences Prevention Orders Risk of Sexual Harm Order Foreign Travel Orders These were replaced with: Sexual Harm Prevention Orders Sexual Risk Orders Sexual Harm Prevention […]

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Top 10 things to know about criminal records

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We’ve produced some new information, 10 things to know about criminal record, which provides a short summary of the key things that people with convictions should know about their criminal record. The most important thing for anybody with a criminal record is to know exactly what theirs includes . Many people don’t know the details of […]

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DBS introduce oral representations for barring decisions

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The Disclosure and Barring Service has issued new guidance on making oral representations if they’re considering barring someone from working with children or adults. Up until now, all representations had to be made in writing to the DBS. However, they’ve stated in their latest guidance that “in the interests of fairness and equality and to protect […]

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European criminal record checks

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Introduction In November 2015, the Disclosure and Barring Service launched a pilot to test access to criminal record information from the European Union (EU). The trial will run until April 2016. The pilot is the first of its kind for the UK Government and will be jointly run by the Disclosure and Barring Service, the […]

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DVLA records of motoring offences

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On the 8th June 2015, the DVLA scrapped the paper counterparts for driving licences and issued photo card licences only. Any new penalty points (endorsements) issued from that date will be recorded electronically only. This information will be held on your DVLA driver record and can be viewed online via the DVLA Shared Driving Licence […]

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