Were you given a compensation order in court? Remember to tell the DBS once it’s paid

Our helpline regularly receives contact from individuals concerned to find that a conviction they’d believed was spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is still showing on their basic DBS certificate. There are many reasons why this might be the case, but one of the things that our helpline advisors will ask is whether […]

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Applied to the NHS volunteer responder scheme and used your DBS check as identity?

So far approximately 750,000 people have volunteered for the NHS volunteer responder scheme which was set up to help provide support to vulnerable adults who are self-isolating. The voluntary roles available include: Community Response Patient Transport Check in and Chat The scheme is being coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). Guidance from RVS states […]

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Fee changes for DBS checks

As of 1st October 2019, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be reducing the cost of DBS checks. The new fees will be as follows: The cost of subscribing to the Update Service will continue to be £13 per year and an Adult First Check will also remain unchanged at £6. Standard and enhanced […]

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Your right to be forgotten

Think back to the last time you applied for a job. Did the application include a tick box question on criminal convictions? Last year Unlock published research showing that three quarters of national employers still ask about criminal records on application forms. This can be off-putting to applicants with convictions and we don’t think it’s […]

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What does an employer see when checking your criminal record using the DBS Update Service?

The DBS Update Service which was introduced in 2013 allows individuals to keep their standard or enhanced DBS certificates up-to-date by paying an annual subscription fee; currently £13 per year. This means you can effectively take your certificate with you when you move jobs or roles. An employer can then carry out free, online, instant […]

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Applying to come off the Sex Offenders Register if you’re on it indefinitely

Anyone who has been convicted of a relevant sexual offence and received a prison sentence of 30 months or more will have to notify the police (often referred to as ‘signing the sex offenders’ register) indefinitely. However, since 2012 individuals who are subject to indefinite notification requirements have the opportunity to apply to the police for a […]

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