Changes to rules for DBS checks

Published: 4 January 2021
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The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has announced changes to the ‘filtering rules’ for DBS checks.

From Saturday 28 November 2020, the DBS changed the filtering rules that determine which past offences appear on a DBS certificate. For jobs and voluntary roles that involve a standard or enhanced criminal record check issued by the DBS, childhood cautions will no longer be disclosed.

A rule meaning someone with more than one conviction had all their convictions disclosed, regardless of offence or length of time, has also been abolished.

Changes to the filtering rules mean that any warnings, cautions or reprimands received before a person turned 18 years old, will not appear (once the person is over 18).

The list of serious offences (‘specified offences’) which will never be filtered, is unchanged.

You can find out more here.

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