Latest news about the Disclosure and Barring Service

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Over the course of the next 12 months the Disclosure and Barring Service are planning to introduce several changes that might be important to people with convictions. Basic criminal record checks From autumn 2017, you will be able to apply to the DBS for a basic criminal record check if you live or work in England […]

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Is it always necessary to have an enhanced DBS check if you’re working as a contractor in a school or care home?

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Our helpline often receives calls from individuals who, as part of their work, are required to go into schools or care homes (for example plumbers and electricians). Many employers will insist that you have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check with a check of the barred list because of the type of establishment that […]

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‘Turings Law’ takes effect to posthumously pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men

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We were pleased to hear the Justice Secretary, Sam Gyimah, announce yesterday that thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of sexual offences which have now been abolished (decriminalised) have been posthumously pardoned. This pardoning has become known as ‘Turings Law’ after Alan Turing, a World-War Two code breaker often referred to as ‘the father […]

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What affect does a driving endorsement have on when a motoring conviction becomes spent?

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Our helpline often receives calls from people who have received driving convictions and are confused about when this will become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Some of the more serious driving offences could result in your licence being revoked (i.e. you are banned from driving) and even a prison sentence. However, in addition […]

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Court makes it clear – spent convictions shouldn’t be taken into account for housing applications

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In most areas of England & Wales, there are long waiting lists for social housing and more often than not, a shortage of housing stock. To address this issue, some social housing providers will have restrictions on who can apply for housing. Providers may decide that houses or flats will only be offered to people […]

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Is it worth applying to your local council for a taxi licence if you have a criminal record?

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As anybody with a criminal record knows, finding paid work can be difficult and so, for many, self-employment can be very attractive. If you enjoy driving, then becoming a taxi driver could be one option for you to consider. You will need an operator’s licence which you can apply for through your local council or […]

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Trustee or senior manager of a charity and have convictions? Are you affected by the Charities Act 2016?

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People with convictions play an important role in many charities, particularly those working in the criminal justice sector. Becoming a trustee or leading a charity as part of the senior management team are important roles that people with convictions should be encouraged to take on, and we know it can provide people with a positive […]

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Is there anything stopping you applying to come off the Sex Offenders Register if you’ve got an indefinite registration requirement?

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A Freedom of Information (FOI) request undertaken by BBC News earlier this year, showed that around 50% of applications allowed under a review process (introduced in 2010 to allow people to apply to be removed from the sex offenders register) were successful. The same FOI request stated that approximately 700 people on the register had […]

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