Problems with the filtering of conditional cautions

Conditional cautions like simple cautions may be filtered from standard and enhanced DBS certificates after 6 years, providing you’ve not been cautioned for a non-filterable offence. However, our helpline has been contacted recently by several people who’ve had conditional cautions which are eligible for filtering disclosed on their enhanced DBS certificate as a  conviction. Further […]

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Landmark Court of Appeal ruling – Government loses appeal against DBS filtering regime – Judgement will help thousands of people put their past behind them

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. […]

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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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What types of offences are eligible for filtering?

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 […]

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Updates to DBS filtering process

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 […]

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DBS start filtering cautions and convictions

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. […]

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