What are the DBS Filtering Rules for criminal check certificates?

November 27th, 2020 by Jonathan Bazely

On the 29th May 2013 legislation came into force that removed certain old and minor conviction information, from the Exceptions Order of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. In practical terms this means that not all conviction information will be displayed on a Standard or Enhanced DBS Disclosure. These rules are described as the DBS Filtering Rules. […]

How do I apply for a Basic Disclosure?

April 13th, 2019 by Jonathan Bazely

An individual can apply for their own Basic Disclosure. Those living and working in England and Wales can apply directly with the DBS on the gov.uk website. Those living and working in Scotland can apply directly with Disclosure Scotland on the mygov.scot website. Those living and working in Northern Ireland can apply directly with Access […]

What is a Section 128 check?

November 6th, 2018 by Jonathan Bazely

A Section 128 check, checks the names of individuals who are barred from taking part in the management of any independent or maintained school. The list is maintained by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) under the terms of direction from the Secretary of State for Education. On 1st April 2018 NCTL was […]

The criminal record checking process for transgender applicants

August 21st, 2018 by Jonathan Bazely

I am a transgender applicant, what is the DBS process? The law requires that applicants disclose all previous names and addresses to the DBS so that they can process an application correctly, and return accurate results. The DBS have a process to allow applicants to disclose previous gender/name information to the DBS only. This information […]

I am self employed, how do I request a DBS check?

March 15th, 2018 by Jake Waddingham

If you are self employed, the only level of check you can obtain on yourself is a Basic-level check. Anybody may request a basic level disclosure on themselves, and this can be done directly with the DBS or Disclosure Scotland if living in Scotland. You can read more on our Basic Disclosure page. If you […]

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Who can ask for a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2018 by Jonathan Bazely

An individual can request a Basic Disclosure on themselves for any purpose. The Disclosure will contain information on unspent convictions. Standard and Enhanced Disclosures can only be requested by an individual or organisation that is eligible to ask an ‘exempted’ question about an individuals spent convictions. Organisations are allowed to ask this question when they […]

What are the security features of a DBS/CRB Certificate?

February 2nd, 2018 by Jonathan Bazely

With the changes to Legislation that were introduced in June 2013, resulting in the issue of a single DBS Disclosure Certificate to the applicant only, it is more important than ever to establish that a DBS/CRB Certificate is original and genuine. Under the current guidance it is the responsibility of the employing organisation to check […]

What happens if there is a change in personal circumstances?

October 18th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Common queries relating to changes in personal circumstances and criminal record checks. Below are some of the most common queries in relation to changes in personal circumstances and applying for a criminal record or DBS check. These changes may have an influence on what happens during the checking process or when applying for a new check. I […]

Where is my DBS / CRB check and why is it taking so long?

July 6th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Where is my DBS Certificate? Waiting for your DBS/CRB Certificate to be processed can be a frustrating time. This is especially true when you are required to have a Disclosure before starting work or taking up a volunteering role. The length of time taken by the DBS to issue a Certificate is not a sign […]

What is a Caution, Reprimand or Final Warning?

January 29th, 2016 by Jonathan Bazely

Below are some general guidelines designed to assist with deciding if an individual has received a caution, reprimand, final warning or a conviction. A majority of cautions, reprimands or warnings will become instantly ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. This means that they will not appear on a Basic Police check, however they may […]