Be aware of what type of criminal record check is being done for the job you’re applying for

Over the last few weeks our helpline has been contacted by several people enquiring about what’s likely to be included in their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. People will often refer to their convictions as being ‘spent’ without appreciating that jobs requiring standard or enhanced DBS checks are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders […]

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Is this a scam? Employment offers and criminal record checks

We have been altered to an organisation, Online UK Disclosure, which claim to offer Single Offence Checks at a cost of £99.99. Online UK Disclosures claim to be an umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service and Disclosure Scotland. The DBS has confirmed to Unlock that Online UK Disclosure is not registered an umbrella body […]

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DVLA scrap paper counterpart of driving licence next week

A week today, on the 8th June 2015, the DVLA will be scrapping the paper counterparts for driving licences and issuing photo card driving licences only. Any new penalty points (endorsements) issued from that time will be recorded electronically only. This information will be held on your DVLA driver record and can be viewed online […]

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New statutory guidance on disqualifications in schools recognises role of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

Yesterday, the Department for Education published statutory guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006. Most notably in their guidance is the clarity that we have been pushing for, which is the the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act applies to the ‘disqualification by association’ element. This means that if you’re working in a role in a […]

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‘Enforced subject access’ will become a criminal offence on 10th March 2015

We’ve learnt from the Information Commissioners Office that section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 will be brought into force on the 10th March 2015. This means that “enforced subject access” will finally become a criminal offence. As we explained back in June 2014 when this was first announced, this is an important development […]

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Challenging ineligible standard and enhanced checks

We continue to receive many enquiries from clients being asked to do standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for jobs which they don’t think are eligible for one. We are often asked for a ‘list of job titles’ which are eligible – no such list exists. What makes a role eligible depends […]

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An update on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

It’s been just over 3 months since the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 came into force in England & Wales. At that time, we published an update which featured new materials that we’d produced, as well as our updated detailed guidance. Since that point, we’ve learnt quite a bit about how these […]

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