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

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

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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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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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Is this a scam? Employment offers and criminal record checks

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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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Challenging ineligible standard and enhanced checks

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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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