Criminal Records Checks (DBS checks) and Spent Convictions

Key Points

  • There is no express prohibition on an employer asking a job applicant, an employee, worker, or a volunteer about their criminal records.
  • The Disclosure and Barring Service replaces the Criminal Records Bureau and enables individual and businesses that operate in certain sectors the ability to obtain accurate information about criminal records of job applicants.
  • There are different levels of DBS checks which are appropriate for different roles.
  • Depending on the severity of the conviction, convictions can become spent and thus do not appear on basic checks.
  • Certain roles and industries require more detailed checks which still record spent convictions.
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