Understanding the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) filtering rules

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03 / 11 / 2014

The filtering rules introduced on 29 May 2013, made changes to the type of information which was previously automatically disclosed as part of a DBS disclosure certificate.  From this date, certain convictions, cautions, final warnings and reprimands become protected under the filtering rules which means that individuals are no longer required to disclose these, and employers are no longer legally entitled to ask for, or consider, this information as part of their recruitment processes. 

Do you know what information can be requested and considered when assessing a person's suitability for NHS positions which are eligible for a DBS check? Listen to our latest webinar to find out more.

Chaired by Nyla Cooper, Programme Lead for Professional Standards at NHS Employers and our guest speaker is Dominic Headley, a Legal Officer at the Crime Reduction Charity NACRO (which is the National Association for the Rehabilitation of Offenders).

This webinar is aimed at HR Directors and/or deputies, HR managers, recruitment managers, line managers. 

A copy of the slides can also be found here.

Further useful links

Employers will also find it useful to refer to the following links to find out more about the criminal record and barring check requirements in the NHS and the DBS filtering rules:

NHS Employment Check Standards section of our website

Practical guidance on DBS filtering - NACRO website

Guidance on the filtering rules - DBS website.


If you have any queries on this topic, please do not hesitate to contact us at employmentchecks@nhsemployers.org

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