Problems with manual DBS certificates and the DBS update service – has this happened to you?

In their guidance to employers for the update service, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) state that: An employer can check someone’s DBS certificate status online and get a result straight away” This ability to check someone’s criminal record quickly and start them working almost immediately is seen as a benefit to employers. Many employers […]

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When would you need to disclose your spent conviction to an employer?

Any organisation can apply for a basic criminal record check on members of their staff which will disclose unspent cautions/convictions. However, there are some jobs which would require you to disclose spent convictions. Many people are aware that if they’re applying for a job which involves working with children or vulnerable adults, then they’ll need to disclose […]

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Has an employer wrongly checked your official criminal record? – Get in touch

As part of our Fair Access to Employment project we’re looking for examples of employers who have carried out inappropriate levels of criminal record checks. We’re gathering this information to feed into our legal strategy which aims to put an end to unlawful criminal record checks. We’re especially keen to hear from anyone who believes […]

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Do you live in Scotland? Do you have a criminal record? Can you help?

Disclosure Scotland is currently reviewing it’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and is looking for views. We thought it was a great opportunity for people with a criminal record in Scotland to have their say and potentially make a difference to important legislation that will have a real impact on people with a criminal record that […]

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An overview of the Disclosure and Barring Service

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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Latest news about the Disclosure and Barring Service

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

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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