I work at an airport. Do I need a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Roles which involve working air-side at an airport only warrant a Basic Disclosure the same as any other role. Your employer should have a mechanism to get the Disclosure and have the airside pass issued. Where you are being asked to obtain a Basic Disclosure by the employer, they can register as a client with […]

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I work in the security industry. Do I need a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Matt Tuckey

Roles in the security industry are regulated by the Security Industry Authority and your employer should have the relevant forms for you.

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How do I apply for a Basic Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Anyone can apply for a Basic Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland. To apply, you will be asked for a photocopy of your passport, driving licence or National Insurance number. You will not be able to proceed without supplying at least one of these pieces of information. You will also need to provide: Information from a utility bill (gas, electricity […]

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What are spent and unspent convictions?

February 13th, 2013 by Matt Tuckey

Spent convictions are those convictions that have reached a set period as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and are removed from an individual’s criminal record. Unspent convictions are those records that have not yet reached this defined time and will appear on a Basic Criminal Record Check. For exact time periods relating to types of offence […]

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What is the difference between a Subject Access Request, a Police Certificate and a Basic Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Disclosures are different to “Police Checks”, which are documents issued by the Police at the request of an individual asking for a copy of any data stored on the Police National Computer about them. This information is provided under the Data Protection Act and is therefore only for the personal use of the subject and […]

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Can I check myself or a family member?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Under the current Legislation an individual or self-employed person can not obtain an Enhanced or Standard DBS check upon themselves. Anybody can request a Basic-level Check on themselves, via Disclosure Scotland. For higher level Disclosures there must always be a third party who is either offering a role that is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) […]

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What are the different levels of Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 was passed to protect individuals with minor convictions, and assign a period of time that conviction information would remain on a record, before the individual was classed as rehabilitated. Once the rehabilitation period was reached (and there was no re-offence) the applicant would not need to disclose the information […]

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Should I choose a Basic, Standard or Enhanced Disclosure for my employee?

February 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Bazely

Ultimately this is the decison of the employer to ensure they request the correct level of Disclosure for the work their employees are undertaking. Below is some guidance that can help with this decision making process: Basic Disclosures can be requested for any role, including those adhering to the Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standard […]

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Who can ask for a Disclosure?

February 13th, 2013 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 are placing […]

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