For those of you that have been following the work we’ve been doing on challenging the DBS ‘filtering’ process, we’ve heard today that the Court of Appeal has rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision of the High Court in January last year. This ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful. […]
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 […]
We’re looking for examples of where ‘filtering’ doesn’t go far enough. Please read an update that we’ve published on our main site as part of our policy work on the DBS filtering process.
Today the Supreme Court ruled on a case that’s been going through the courts for some time. An earlier Court of Appeal case is what led to the ‘filtering process’ being introduced by the Disclosure & Barring Service. The reason for this post is to just make it clear that, as a result of today’s […]
We know how complicated the criminal records process can be. The ‘filtering’ process that came in in May 2013 has been quite a culture shock to many people who were previously told that all cautions and convictions would come back on standard and enhanced checks. At the time, we developed a detailed guide on filtering. […]
Following our complaint to the Information Commissioners Office which recently led to the Disclosure & Barring Service signing an undertaking to update their application form, we have now had it confirmed by the DBS that their application form has now been updated. A copy of this is below. As you can see from the above image, the […]
Since the introduction of filtering in mid-2013, our helpline has been constantly asked “is my conviction or caution eligible for filtering?” In some ways, this has been an easy to identify. When was it? Is it your only conviction? How old were you at the time? However, where things have been tricky is when it […]
December has seen a couple of updates from the Disclosure & Barring Service regarding the filtering process. Nothing has substantially changed – it’s simply that the DBS are trying to improve the way that they’re explaining how the filtering process works. So what has changed? Firstly, the DBS has updated their list of offences that […]
As some of you may have seen from the news, the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has started, as of yesterday, a process of ‘filtering’ for cautions and convictions held on the Police National Computer. Today, we’ve published our own detailed guide on how the DBS filtering rules will work. This can be viewed here. […]
In response to the recent Court of Appeal ruling regards criminal record checks, we’ve produced an Information Hub document which summarises the case, and looks at the implications. We’ve also added a detailed FAQ-style section, which hopefully answers some of the common queries that we’ve been receiving in recent weeks. Download the information here.