Filtering of Criminal Records

May 29th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Filtering of Criminal Records

Following a sudden announcement by the DBS, from 29 May 2013, the Filtering of Criminal Records has changed. The DBS will be removing specific old and minor offences from criminal record certificates issued from this date. Changes to the legislation were introduced to allow them to do this.

The Filtering of Criminal Records

  1. In line with these changes, we need to amended the questions at the end of the form for a criminal record check.
  2. The question asks the applicant ‘Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or received a caution, reprimand or warning?’
  3. Applicants should now ignore this question and treat this question as if they were being asked ‘Do you have any unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings that would not be Filtered under current guidance?’
  4. The online process has now been amended but the paper forms have not. We have a high number of forms containing the old wording in stock and circulation, but we will phase in the updated forms as soon as possible.

This is a brief overview so you know what is in the pipeline and hopefully you can speak to other staff and applicants. We are doing lots to accommodate all the changes and we will be giving more information over the coming weeks.

For the Single Certificate change, the default service will be for the Recipient to directly request and view the applicant’s Disclosure. If you would like DDC to handle all the Disclosure content then you will need to contact us about this additional service.

For more information about the current guidance please go to Filtering Guidance page

More information (and documentation) is available at

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