An overview of the Disclosure and Barring Service

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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

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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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New eligibility tool by the DBS – How you can establish what level of check an employer is allowed to carry out

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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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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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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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