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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DBS introduce oral representations for barring decisions

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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European criminal record checks

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

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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Filtering process brought in for Scotland

Last week, the Scottish Government announced details of a process that will apply to Standard and Enhanced checks that are issued by Disclosure Scotland. The process started on the 10th September 2015. This process will remove certain convictions and cautions from these types of disclosures.It’s similar to the filtering process that the Disclosure & Barring […]

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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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‘Enforced subject access’ delays

The Ministry of Justice recently announced that the change to the Data Protection Act which makes enforced subject access a criminal offence has been delayed. It was originally meant to come into force on the 1st December 2014. It is now expected to commence early 2015. As we understand it, the reason for the delay […]

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