Ineligible check for a HGV driver role

We’ve recently worked on a case where an individual had been asked by his employer to have an enhanced DBS check. The individual had worked for the company for 13 years and when he initially applied for the job he had not been asked about his criminal record nor had any formal criminal record checks […]

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Misleading question for a volunteer role

Whilst working on a case we came across an application form for a volunteer role at a regional care provider that involved volunteers in its work. We identified a misleading question under their “Disclosure of criminal convictions” section. The question was in connection with an enhanced DBS check and stated: “Have you ever been convicted […]

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NHS trusts and the need to include references to filtering

We’ve recently worked on a case where an individual was considering applying for a job within an NHS trust as a ward caterer. The role involved serving food and beverages to patients on the ward. The individual was confused about what they should disclose about their criminal record as the application form stated: “As a […]

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National trades directory changes policy on criminal record checks

We were contacted by an individual who had applied to register his business on a directory of recommended and trusted tradespeople. He had been asked to provide the company with a copy of either his basic criminal record (from Disclosure Scotland) or his police record (via a subject access request). A subject access request provides […]

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Zero tolerance approach to DBS checks?

We were recently contacted by an individual who had applied for an assessor role in health and social care. The individual disclosed their conviction to the employer on the application form and at interview and was told that, as their conviction was historical, it would not present a problem. At a second interview, the company […]

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Confusion over filtering legislation and DBS checks for accountants

We were contacted by an individual who was looking to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and had been asked to complete a declaration form which contained the following wording: “I confirm that I have now read the notes section and: I have not been subject to any criminal conviction […]

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Ineligible DBS checks for film/television extras

We were recently contacted by an individual who, on signing up for extras work with a film and television casting agency, had been told that as a result of ‘new ‘guidance introduced by the Disclosure and Barring Service’, it would be necessary for him to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The […]

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Poor application form for a job in social care at a local authority

The question below appeared on the application form for a job in social care at a local authority. What’s wrong with the above? It’s long and confusing. At the beginning, the phrase ‘unspent’ is used, despite the role involving a level of check that will disclose spent convictions too. It’s inaccurate. It states that applicants […]

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