Major Change To DBS Criminal Records Disclosure

Major Change To DBS Criminal Records Disclosure

Many employers have relied on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to reveal even minor convictions before giving an employment offer. Now that has changed.

From November 28th  2020 those offenders with minor criminal records will no longer have them disclosed to  employers. The new law is aimed at helping rehabilitation efforts. The DBS will not disclose those with youth cautions, reprimands and warnings.

Neither will the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)  automatically disclose all convictions where an individual has more than one. Instead each individual conviction will be assessed as to whether it should be revealed.

As a result  45,000 people a year will have a clear DBS check, required for many jobs or an enhanced check, required for working with children, as teachers or in social care.

About 20 per cent of those who would have had their criminal records disclosed under the present regime will get a clear certificate.

The changes have been made following Supreme Court ruling that the criminal records disclosure process infringed human rights. In January 2019 the court found in favour of three people who claimed their lives were blighted by “spent” minor convictions.


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