Misleading application process and potentially ineligible DBS checks

This case involves an organisation that recruits couriers. We were contacted by an individual who was in the process of applying for a job as a self-employed neighbourhood courier. As part of the online application form, the organisation involved had stated that: “l will ask you to provide a current DBS check (formally CRB). Please […]

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Universities, teaching fellows and criminal record checks

This case study involves a university that advertised the job of a teaching fellow. It was advertised as subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. A teaching position in a university is not on the list of exempted professions in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975. This sets out which jobs (e.g. […]

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Fundraising jobs – what level of check?

This case involves a regional voluntary organisation that were advertising a vacancy for a fundraiser. The job advertisement stated that the job was exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and that all convictions, including spent ones, needed to be disclosed. A fundraiser position is not on the list of exempted professions in the Rehabilitation […]

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Office administrators and enhanced checks

This case involves a regional voluntary organisation that employs around 40 people and uses over 300 volunteers. They were advertising a vacancy for an office administrator. As an organisation, they are used to recruiting volunteers in roles working with children and the elderly, and so they’re often doing enhanced DBS checks. That meant that with […]

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